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Tilden Arts Online Presents

All semester long, Cape Cod Community College’s Arts and Humanities Division will host fascinating workshops and stimulating lectures designed to spark your creative energy, open your mind, and build your skill set. 

Tilden Arts Online presents a wide range of programs that are all free and open to the public.

There are four series: Tilden Arts Online Presents, Bigger Boat Visiting Writers' Series, Higgins Art Gallery Virtual Exhibits, and the Foreign Film Series.

Check out our full slate of Tilden Arts Online Presents events for the Spring 2021 semester below!

Bigger Boat Visiting Writers’ Series: Poet Paul Guest on April 1 at 6:30 p.m.  

Bigger Boat welcomes renowned poet Paul Guest! He is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Because Everything Is Terrible, and a memoir, One More Theory About Happiness. His writing has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, Tin House, Slate, New England Review, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and numerous other publications. A Guggenheim Fellow and Whiting Award winner, Paul Guest lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Tim Miller, a professional film critic for more than 40 years, will discuss his favorite movie, “Almost Famous.” Released in 2000, the coming-of-age film is based on writer-director Cameron Crowe’s real-life experiences as a teenage rock critic. “I didn’t get to go to my high school prom,” Crowe told a small group of journalists (including Miller) during a visit to Boston. “I was touring with Led Zeppelin.” Miller will discuss how Crowe’s film celebrates not just rock music, but writing, family and friends, and the pursuit of one’s passions. Why is it MIller’s favorite film? “It makes me feel good to be alive.”

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The first wave of punk rock -- both here in America and in England -- was driven by major record labels, whose main objective was to make money off the fledgling form. When the second wave of punk bands emerged in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Boston and elsewhere, the emphasis shifted from major record labels to smaller, do-it-yourself operations run by people who largely lacked industry experience. This wave of do-it-yourself bands built a framework for independent music touring and distribution that is still used today. Join author and 4Cs English professor Mike Fournier for a lively presentation that will briefly blueprint the grassroots development of alternative records labels and touring that profoundly influenced music culture.

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The Intentional Critical Conversations series is teaming with the Bigger Boat Visiting Writers Series for a special event this Spring. We are thrilled to virtually welcome renowned poet Martin Espada to 4Cs for a conversation about his work and the world around us.

Martin Espada
April 22, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

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Martin Espada

Martín Espada has published more than twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His new book of poems from Norton is called Floaters. Other books of poems include Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016), The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006) and Alabanza (2003). He is the editor of What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump (2019). He has received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The title poem of his collection Alabanza, about 9/11, has been widely anthologized and performed. His book of essays and poems, Zapata’s Disciple (1998), was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona, and reissued by Northwestern. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

This workshop will address the underrepresentation of women behind the lens, but will also provide a space to strategize about ways to increase more diversity in the film industry, particularly ways to increase the narratives about women of color. Join Texas-based filmmaker and CCCC film professor Tania Romero for a fascinating session in which she and participants will deconstruct several short sequences from films directed by women, such as Real Women Have Curves (2002), The Farewell (2019), Pariah (2011), A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014), and Fire (1996).

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Join Scottish poet and artist Keren Macpherson in a  hands-on workshop  designed to help both artists and poets (or anyone) discover some of the many connections between poetry and art, and to help artists and poets alike to find inspiration and new ways of thinking and creating by learning more about each other’s discipline. Links in techniques such as imagery and composition will be explored through lively exercises using both drawing and writing. Please bring drawing paper and writing paper to the class.

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The art of collage has a long history in both art and writing. From German Dadaist Hannah Höch, to Harlem Renaissance artist Romare Bearden, to the Beat writer William S. Burroughs, collage has provided a means of re-contextualizing, re-seeing, and encountering the uncanny through accidents of juxtaposition. Even today, contemporary hip-hop is a popular form of collage, as artists sample and resample, layer and  reconfigure sounds of the past with new beats and lyrics. Join writer and 4Cs English professor Rebecca Griffin for an interactive workshop that begins with a brief discussion of various approaches to collage--and then invites participants to create and share their own collage creations over Zoom. All you need is a pile of used paper (look in your recycling bin), some glue or tape, scissors, and a willingness to try something new.

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