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BLACK ARTS MATTER FESTIVAL IN MADISON, WI

The Black Arts Matter Festival is an interdisciplinary presentation and celebration of Black artists. With a focus on performance art, BAM provides a platform for Black artistry that grapples with a myriad of topics surrounding the Black experiences and all of its intersections. The Black Arts Matter Festival is both an entertaining and educational experience, providing shows that inspire, challenge and inform audiences on the  Black experience through art activism. 

We are looking forward to the 2023 Black Arts Matter Festival which will be held November 8-12. This year's festival includes an art exhibit by illustrator Mawhyah (presented by the Wisconsin Union Directorate Art Committee), an all-star poetry slam featuring some of today's top poets, a comedy performance from Jerrod Carmichael, a headliner concert by R&B band Tank and the Bangas and more! Tickets are on sale now, and all the excitement kicks off starting November 8.

Black Arts Matter 2023 Event Schedule

NOV 8: Art Exhibition

5:30-8 pm | Memorial Union | Free 

Celebrate the start of the 2023 Black Arts Matter Festival with a welcome reception and an art gallery showcasing work by artist Mawhyah

NOV 9: Comedian Jerrod Carmichael CANCELLED

9-10 pm  |  Wisconsin Union TheaterTicketed Event

Join us in Shannon Hall for an evening with Emmy-winning comedian, Jerrod Carmichael

Nov 10: All-Star Poetry Slam

7:30-10 pm  |  Wisconsin Union Theater  |  Ticketed Event

Join us for a poetry slam featuring the top competitve poets from around the country, competing for $6,000 in prizes!

NOV 11: Tank and the Bangas 

7:30-9:30 pm | Wisconsin Union Theater | Ticketed Event

Headlining the 2023 Black Arts Matter Festival, don't miss Grammy-nominated R&B band Tank and the Bangas

NOV 12: Black Arts Matter Art Market

11am-6pm | MYArts | Free

Head to MYArts to explore an art and vendor market showcasing local Madison artists alongside other Black-owned or operated businesses from around the region

NOV 12: Youth Talent Competition

2-4 pm | MYArts | Free

Head to MYArts for a youth talent competition featuring elementary, middle, and high school students showcasing a variety of art forms

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