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Sanctuary Series: Poetic Playground

“Poetry is a place where ideas and concepts can freely play. It’s a place where rules can be broken and the imagination can run wild. It’s also a place where freedom can be found… even through the most oppressive times.” — Bernard Collins Jr.

Please join us for a spoken word performance by artist, poet, and Fleisher faculty member Bernard Collins. The performance will showcase works that explore several forms of poetry as they relate to visual art. This event will also feature musician Ronin Ali.

Collins is a proud South Philadelphia native who now resides in Lawnside, NJ, with his two children, Lily and Layla, and his wife, Dr. Tamika Jones. Since the early 1990s, he has written and performed his poetry with various musicians, choreographers and dancers. The humorous style he often employs harkens back to the “Toasting” traditions of African American culture seen in poems like the Signifying Monkey or Shine. Collins is also a talent visual artist with a BFA from Temple University Tyler School of Art and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. His paintings often feature local artists and poets. He strives to have the verbal and the visual collide in unexpected, informative, and exciting ways.

The Sanctuary Series was developed in support of Fleisher’s mission to make art accessible to everyone. The series provides low-commitment learning experiences for our creative community to explore its interest in the arts. Supporting and supplementing Fleisher’s regular class and workshop offerings, Sanctuary Series events range from artist talks, film screenings, musical and dance performances, as well as hands-on workshops. The Sanctuary Series is free and open to the public.