The second Black Arts Matter Festival adapts and centers queer artists

Poetry and music combine in this year’s live-streamed event.

This year, with the arts at a near standstill as venues remain closed and artists are unable to tour due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, Irvin re-thought the Black Arts Matter Festival’s mission and presentation. 

“My goal was to safely present artists and to support artists. Believing ‘Black arts matter’ means paying Black artists,” Irvin says. “My goal this year was to definitely give a platform for them. It’s an opportunity to feel community from wherever you are.” Read more at Tone Madison.

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Best Place to Live: #24 Madison, Wisconsin
I had the honor of researching, writing about and photographing my favorite city for U.S. News & World report.

Here are a few photos extra photos.

Lake Monona

View of the Madison, Wisconsin, isthmus from across Lake Monona.


The Yahara River, on Madison’s Near East Side, which connects Lakes Monona and Mendota.

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James Madison Park on Lake Mendota.

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The First Unitarian Society, one of several Madison buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.


An early morning kayaker on Lake Monona.


The entrance to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum on Lake Wingra.