Dr. Maya Angelou, a literary and cultural luminary, died this Wednesday. While glowing words have and will continue to be spoken about her talent, activism, and dauntless spirit, she is honored especially for her body of work. She took her own suffering and the suffering of others and, through her words, transfigured that suffering into triumphant art.
Some of us in Community Relations invite you to participate in a new Project in remembrance of Dr. Angelou, one that grew out of a suggestion by Aeirmid. Together, we'll be creating art about triumph, be it personal, societal, or even hypothetical. At the end of the project, all deviations will be featured. This isn't a contest; it is a way for us to use our talents, following Dr. Angelou's example, to enrich our community.
What counts as triumphant? That's up to you. It could be a non-fiction biographical account of an historic leader, or an autobiographical poem about a personal moment of triumph. It could be a painting that captures a victorious feeling, or a photomanipulation that tells a story of triumph. Start with the theme of triumph, and see where it takes you!
- There must be an obvious theme of triumph in your entry.
- Entries can be of any artistic medium.
- If your entry is literature, the maximum length is 1000 words (prose) or 40 lines (poetry).
- Your entry must be a deviation, created for this contest, submitted between now and Friday, June 27th, at 11:59 PDT. Submit your deviation to Community Projects > Projects > The Triumph Project (link).
- The Artist's Comments of your entry must link to this journal. If you use resources, be sure to credit them.
- Multiple entries are not allowed. Give us your best work.
- Please be respectful of what we're doing here.
Again, this isn't a contest, and participating in the project should give you a warm, fuzzy feeling all over. In case that's not enough, we'll also be arranging features for participants, and maybe more. Stay tuned for further developments!
Below, feel free to share a favorite Maya Angelou quote or your thoughts about the topic of triumph.