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PLU Open Mic featuring Dr. Monique Wells

PLU Open Mic featuring Dr. Monique Wells

(ERK) It’s impossible not to think of Nice when it comes to doing the write up for July 14. While we watched Paris’ sky break into multi-colored lights, Nice la Belle was being driven into darkness. I wish English had a better word than “sorry”. If you have a language that says it better, let me know. 

 

PLU Open Mic July 14

René aka “Smarty Author Jerkface” had a serious case of STN (sexually transmitted narcissism), Ed hit the waves of a quarter-life crisis, and virgin Sojourner responded to the shooting of Michael Brown. Pierre also got through his first experience on the PLU stage, and Maysan was relieved she hadn’t tried to kill herself…that day. Ryan is also experiencing an identity crisis – he can’t stand looking in the mirror (which is not a form of contraception btw) – and Ben A (another virgin?) showed off his poem-on-demand skillz. Find him, somewhere, in the city and ask him for one yourself. Dr. Monique Wells, our featured guest, was on last in round one with her story of how she got involved with saving Beauford Delaney‘s grave, and where it’s led her since.

Back in the room, and it’s almost time for the fireworks, so we zip through our six performers for round two. Monique continued her story, with accompanying ppt, about her promotion of STEAM education and use of Blippar, an augmented reality app that provides artistic information about a piece by simply scanning it. Sella, with Maysan accompanying, sang of too many words scratching, leaving Maysan to treat us with some Bedawi Arabic. Ben got in a cock fight, Sojourner read “Brother”, and we traipsed up the hill following whoever had the guitar for our short-lived celebrations of Liberté, Egalité et Fraternité.

Paris Lit Up welcomes Dr. Monique Wells as our featured performer on July 14! Come, listen, be inspired, join our open mic, then head off into the evening to watch the Bastille Day fireworks (Belleville has a great view…). Sign-up starts at 8pm, for an 8.30/45pm start.

Dr. Monique Y. Wells is a fervent believer in the power of education to change lives. She has combined her passion for life sciences, literacy, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics), the Arts, study abroad, and women’s empowerment under the umbrella of her non-profit organization, the Wells International Foundation (WIF).

As co-founder of the Discover Paris! travel planning service, Dr. Wells has worked with study abroad groups across the United States since 2001. Her most recent venture (Jan-Feb 2016) brought students from the University of Arizona to Paris to work on a project that supported WIF’s inaugural event: an art exhibition entitled Beauford Delaney: Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color and an associated STEAM education initiative for K-12 teachers from the United States.

Dr. Wells is a long-standing member of the African-American community in Paris and she has included the Arts as a Strategic Focus Area for WIF because of her passion for promoting the legacy of Beauford Delaney. As president of the French non-profit association Les Amis de Beauford Delaney, she has spearheaded several successful projects over the years. These include the preservation of Beauford’s gravesite, inclusion of his gravesite on the celebrity list at Thiais Cemetery, and installation of two commemorative plaques in his honor – one at the Hôtel Le M, the other at the Hôtel Odessa. Both sites are located in Montparnasse, the area where Beauford lived during most of his Paris years. Les Amis partnered with WIF to bring theResonance of Form and Vibration of Color exhibition to Paris.

Dr. Wells recently spoke at the International Conference on James Baldwin held at the American University of Paris. She gave a presentation entitled “Beauford and Baldwin: Paris Stomping Grounds.”

Wells International Foundation: http://wellsinternationalfoundation.org

Discover Paris! : http://www.discoverparis.net

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