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Art Wire: Deadline Extended to Aug. 20!

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We’re excited to announce that applications are open for Art Wire, a unique creative writing and arts opportunity that we are offering in partnership with OZ Arts Nashville. Five teen writers will get:

  • Free admission to performing arts shows at OZ Arts. You'll get to experience world class music, dance, and some performances that defy categories (like Japanese laser + dance artist Hiroaki Umeda).

  • One-on-one creative mentoring, including writing prompts and draft feedback, to help you create original writing inspired by every performance. You can write poems, fiction, essays, hybrid forms, or all of the above.

  • The chance to have your work published and performed throughout Nashville.

  • It's free to submit, so you have nothing to lose! Application details below. The teen application deadline has been extended to Aug. 20.

Art Wire is a partnership between The Porch (SLANT's parent organization) and OZ Arts Nashville, in which 10 writers (5 teens and 5 adults) attend OZ’s 2019-2020 performance season and respond to the work in writing that is deeply engaged, personal, playful, questioning, and curious. The Art Wire cohort will attend, free of charge, a wide sampling of the OZ Arts 2019-2020 performance season, including innovative Japanese dance artist Hiroaki Umeda; a genre-bending presentation of Frankenstein by Chicago-based company Manual Cinema; and the local music-theatre-opera hybrid Steal Away, featuring Inversion Vocal Ensemble, Diaspora Orchestra, and shackled feet DANCE, just to name a few.

In response to each performance, the writers’ creative work will explore two distinct paths:

Creating Original Writing

Writers will create new pieces of creative writing inspired by each performance. These pieces can be fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, critical essays, or all of the above. Writing mentors will provide creative prompts after each performance, but writers are welcome to explore whatever part of the performance inspires them, whether it’s an image, sound, idea, memory, etc. The year’s strongest samples will be published on the Art Wire website.

Engagement with Social Media Platforms to Amplify the Overall Experience

As creative thinkers and artists in their own right, Art Wire writers will share their thoughts on OZ performances through brief responses shared on social media platforms. They will act as megaphones for the season, sharing distinctive and authentic impressions with the community. These posts can take the form of six-word stories, language/visual pairings, or other snappy forms of the writer’s choosing.

How to Apply

All high school students are eligible for this program, including home school students. There is no application fee. The application deadline for teen writers has been extended to Aug. 20.

To apply, send the following materials to our youth director at

  1. Statement of Interest: Please discuss your background in writing and why writing about the performing arts appeals to you. Include your name, school, grade, and preferred email address. (max 500 words)

  2. Writing Sample: Please write a creative response to ONE of the three videos linked to below, max 1200 words. Your creative response may draw upon any image, idea, theme, sound, or question present in the video. It may be direct in its approach or far more abstract. Responses may be in any writing genre: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, etc. The blank page is yours to fill. (1200 words is a limit, not a goal. We’re impressed by creativity, not word count.)

  3. Plus one quick question: If selected for Art Wire, are you able to attend Hiroaki Umeda's performance on Sept. 19, 2019, at 8 pm?


Miwa Matrayek:

Manual Cinema:

Companhia Urbana de Dança:

Direct any questions to

Earlier Event: August 17
Writing Big Ideas
Later Event: September 21
Writing in the Woods