Creativity at Work

Each day, KHC  features the hot topics and great speakers in the Speakers Bureau catalog. Today’s featured presentation is “Creativity as Art and Labor” by John Edgar Tidwell.

Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks

“I think maybe the rural influence in my life helped me in a sense, of knowing how to get close to people and talk to them and get my work done,” Gordon Parks said in a 1964 interview. His pragmatic approach to art — that it was work — reflects the process of making creative art, whether it is a photograph, poem, short story, novel or song.

In his Speakers Bureau talk, John Edgar Tidwell, an English professor at the University of Kansas, explores the nature and function of creative labor in selected works by famous Kansas artists Langston Hughes, Gordon Parks, and Frank Marshall Davis.

John Edgar Tidwell

John Edgar Tidwell

“The celebrity that has come to Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz is richly deserved,”said Tidwell. “Its iconic status as the most acclaimed book and film representing Kansas life and values, made me wonder whether any other books or authors might deserve similar recognition. This talk seeks to answer that question by exploring the Kansas connections of three writers who were distinguished in their own right: Langston Hughes, Gordon Parks, and Frank Marshall Davis.”

Bring John Edgar Tidwell’s “Creativity as Art and Labor” or one of the other presentations in the Speakers Bureau catalog to your community for FREE with a Resource Center Support Grant. It’s quick and easy! Visit the Speakers Bureau page to get started or contact , KHC program officer, for more information.