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Creating Artistic Environments | Art Loft  | Full Episode

Creating Artistic Environments | Art Loft | Full Episode

In this episode: Environments. We meet an arts maven in Broward creating space for other voices, a photographer trying to hold on to the feeling of home, and we head to the Florida Keys for a look at a photo project utilizing the forces of nature. Featured: Darius Daughtry: Broward’s Arts Maven. Daughtry is an arts force in Broward County, supporting performers, teaching, writing plays and poetry. Get a look at his latest play, “A Theatrical Mixtape, Volume IV: Black Like He,” and what’s next for his initiative, the Art Prevails Project. More at: and Oolite Arts – 1402 Pork n’ Beans Blue A Suncoast Regional Emmy-award winning short film by Oolite fellow Juan Luis Matos. The film follows Miami-based photographer and visual artist Roscoe B. Thicke on his journey to hold on to a sense of home and a sense of place in a changing world. More at: and Photographer Andreas Franke’s Plastic Ocean in Key West Franke uses the forces of nature to transform his art and make a statement about the health of our oceans. More at: Fountainhead Arts – Climate and Environmental Sustainability A film directed by marine archeologist Dr. Shireen Rahimi, Ph.D., featuring artists Cathy Hsiao, Gabrielle Vitollo, and Scott Bluedorn and their work driving public consciousness toward climate change solutions. More at: Chapters: Intro 00:00 - 01:08 Darius Daughtry 01:09 - 07:35 1402 Pork n’ Beans Blue 07:36 - 15:03 Photographer Jessica Anschutz 15:04 - 19:03 Fountainhead Arts 19:04 - 21:52 Photographer Andreas Franke 21:53 - 25:46

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Equal parts praise dance and eulogy, this book is full of vulnerable, introspective poems that explore societal constructs – race, class, gender – and questions their existence on our lives.  

Drawing inspiration from and paying homage to emcees and crooners, alike, these poems move with a rhythmic language that makes heads nod and hearts skip beats. Darius’ poems are “mirrors in the morning,” forcing the reader to confront both their own beauty and the ugliness in their worlds.


The outcome: a shout that causes the walls’ first cracks.

"In this powerful debut collection, Darius Daughtry shows us what it means to find God in the blues and in a grandmother's love, to find the truth behind what the world tells us about our Blackness and our personhood. In forms and free verse, and always with an eye toward rhythm, Daughtry's poetry cuts through the lies we're told and re-told. With these poems that shine an undimmable light, he makes the walls tumble."


Ashley M. Jones,

Author of Magic City Gospel and dark // things

"And the Walls Came Tumbling is a celebration and a warning. Darius Daughtry waxes nostalgic about the early days of hip-hop, first love, and family, while also naming the danger that is being black in America. “Anywhere could be where my black gets me dead,” he writes. Here we find the pockets of joy to be found inside the sunshine state as well as the threat of violence that is as ever-present as the humidity. We find traditional forms, sonnets and odes, handled with precision, as well as a playlist turned into a poem and a golden shovel that would surely make Gwendolyn Brooks stand up and clap. This is a book that says poetry in Florida is alive and well."


P. Scott Cunningham,

Founder, O, Miami Poetry Festival and

Author of Ya Te Veo (University of Arkansas Press, 2018)

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