Broad and High

S9 E10 | FULL EPISODE

Children's Books Author SRD Harris, Fantastical Creatures

A local author collaborates with her daughter to create children’s books with unique characters. An Oklahoma based artist explains her wooden mural which rewrites history. Tampa Bay area poets battle it out in a boxing ring. Drawings by Columbus school children are brought to life in glass.

AIRED: January 06, 2022 | 0:26:46
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>> PRODUCTION OF "BROAD & HIGH"

IS FUNDED IN PART BY THE GREATER

COLUMBUS ARTS COUNCIL.

SUPPORTING ARTS, ADVANCING

CULTURE, AND CONNECTING THE

COMMUNITY TO ARTISTS.

EVENTS AND CLASSES AT

COLUMBUSMAKESART.COM.

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>>> THIS TIME ON "BROAD & HIGH."

WE MEET AN AUTHOR WHO

COLLABORATES WITH HER DAUGHTER

TO CREATE CHILDREN'S BOOKS WITH

UNIQUE CHARACTERS.

AN OKLAHOMA BASED ARTIST

EXPLAINS HER WOODEN MURAL WHICH

REWRITES HISTORY.

TAMPA BAY AREA POETS BATTLE IT

OUT IN A BOXING RING.

AND DRAWINGS BY COLUMBUS SCHOOL

CHILDREN ARE BROUGHT TO LIFE IN

GLASS.

THIS AND MORE RIGHT NOW ON

"BROAD & HIGH."

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>> WELCOME TO "BROAD & HIGH."

I AM YOUR HOST KATE QUICKEL.

MANY OF US CAN NAME A BELOVED

CHARACTER FROM BOOKS WE READ IN

OUR YOUTH.

WHETHER THAT BE THE HARDY BOYS

OR NANCY DREW OR MORE CURRENTLY

PINKALICIOUS.

UNFORTUNATELY THAT'S NOT THE

CASE FOR EVERYONE.

SRD HARRIS DIDN'T SEE A LOT OF

CHARACTERS THAT LOOKED LIKE HER

IN THE BOOKS SHE READ GROWING

UP.

SHE DECIDED TO WORK TOWARDS

CHANGING THIS DYNAMIC AND PURSUE

A LIFETIME DREAM OF BEING AN

AUTHOR.

WE RECENTLY TALKED ABOUT THIS

JOURNEY WITH SRD AND HER

DAUGHTER.

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>> GROWING UP IN NORTH EASTERN

OHIO, I LOVED BOOKS.

EVER SINCE I WAS A CHILD, I CAN

REMEMBER BEING IN LOVE WITH

BOOKS.

I DON'T REMEMBER A TIME I DIDN'T

HAVE A LIBRARY CARD AND GO TO

THE LIBRARY EVERY WEEK AND PILE

UP ON BOOKS TO BRING HOME AND

READ.

SOME OF MY FAVORITE THINGS WERE

POEMS AND RHYMING STORIES.

I STILL HAVE SOME OF MY FAVORITE

BOOKS FROM BEING A CHILD.

I WAS ACTUALLY IN TWO CHILDREN'S

BOOKS.

ONE IS "YOGA IS FOR ME" AND THE

SECOND BOOK WAS ABOUT NUTRITION.

THAT REALLY INSPIRED ME TO WANT

TO BE AN AUTHOR WHEN I GREW UP.

I ALWAYS KNEW IT WAS SOMETHING I

WANTED TO DO.

BUT LIFE TOOK TWIST AND TURNS TO

GET ME HERE TO FINALLY ACHIEVE

MY GOAL.

MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE ALWAYS

BEEN INTERESTED IN TEACHING OUR

CHILDREN TO READ REALLY YOUNG.

WE LOVE READING.

SO KNOWING THAT I WANTED TO TRY

TO INSPIRE CHILDREN TO HAVE A

LOT OF READING AND SPARK THAT

INTEREST IN YOUNG CHILDREN.

I CHOSE CHILDREN'S LITERATURE.

I THINK THE EARLIER YOU CAN

IMPACT A CHILD WITH A LOVE OF

READING.

AND SEEING BOOKS THAT REPRESENT

THEM AND CELEBRATE DIVERSITY IS

A POSITIVE THING.

IT CAN ONLY MAKE CHILDREN'S

IMAGINATIONS GROW BROADER,

BRIGHTER, STRONGER.

AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO BE BETTER

READERS AND BETTER WRITERS.

AND WITH THE HISTORIC ELECTION

OF KAMALA HARRIS BEING A GIRL

MOM, THAT REALLY INSPIRED ME TO

TRY TO CAPTURE THAT HISTORIC

MOMENT.

AND SO "FUTURE MISS PRESIDENT"

WAS BORN OUT OF THAT

INSPIRATION.

AND IN THIS STORY, KAMI'S MOM

WAKES HER UP IN THE MORNING WITH

THE EXCITING NEWS THAT THE NEW

VP IS JUST LIKE HERE.

KAMI COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT THE

NEW VICE PRESIDENT WAS LIKE HER,

BECAUSE SHE KNEW WE'D ONLY HAD

MALE VP'S PREVIOUSLY.

SO THROUGHOUT THE STORY KAMI

GETS THE IDEA OF WONDERING WHAT

DOES THAT MEAN FOR HER AND HER

FUTURE.

AND NOT ONLY DOES SHE DREAM BIG

DREAMS, SHE DREAMS BIG ENOUGH TO

SEE HERSELF ONE DAY BECOMING

PRESIDENT AS WELL.

ALL OF OUR CHILDREN HAVE BEEN

INVOLVED IN THE WHOLE PROCESS.

MY HUSBAND'S BEEN SUPER

INVOLVED.

HE'S THE ONE THAT ACTUALLY GAVE

ME THE TITLE "FUTURE MISS

PRESIDENT" FOR MY BOOK, BECAUSE

I HAD ANOTHER TITLE I HAD BEEN

BOUNCING AROUND.

BUT OUR YOUNGEST DAUGHTER SHE

REALLY BECAME INVOLVED IN

HELPING ME LAY OUT THE

ILLUSTRATIONS AND COME UP WITH

THE RHYMING WORDS.

COME UP WITH THE STORY THAT SHE

THOUGHT WOULD BE INTERESTING

FROM A YOUNG CHILD'S

PERSPECTIVE.

SO THAT WAS VERY SPECIAL.

>> I FEEL LIKE WE WORK TOGETHER

REALLY GOOD, BECAUSE I ALWAYS

HAVE IDEAS AND SHE HAS IDEAS.

THEN WE JUST MAKE THEM TOGETHER

AND THEN SOMETIMES SHE'S DOING

SOMETHING, I FEEL LIKE I CAN

TYPE THINGS, TYPE WORDS.

I DON'T ALWAYS DO THE PICTURES,

I FEEL LIKE SHE DOES MORE OF THE

PICTURES -- BUT I STILL HELP.

I FEEL LIKE IT'S JUST REALLY

FUN, BECAUSE IT'S SOMETHING I

CAN DO THAT'S EASY TO DO.

AND IT'S NOT VERY HARD TO DO IT.

I MEAN IT'S HARD SOMETIMES, BUT

YOU KNOW.

>> WHEN MY DAUGHTER AND I

COLLABORATE ON OUR PROJECTS WE

SIT DOWN AND TALK ABOUT IDEAS

FIRST.

WE TALK ABOUT THE CHARACTERS.

WHAT THEY SHOULD LOOK LIKE, WHAT

THE SETTING SHOULD BE LIKE.

WHAT IS THE MESSAGE WE WANT TO

HAVE THE BOOK SHOW.

SO EACH ONE OF OUR TITLES HAS A

SPECIFIC MESSAGE.

WHETHER IT'S HEALTHY EATING,

ACCEPTING YOURSELF, CELEBRATING

DIVERSITY.

DREAMING BIG DREAMS.

ALL OF THOSE IDEAS WE CAME UP

WITH TOGETHER AND WE TALK ABOUT

HOW WE WANT TO BRING THAT STORY

TO LIFE AND HOW THE

ILLUSTRATIONS SHOULD LOOK.

THEN SHE TELLS ME, MOMMY THAT

DOESN'T SOUND TOO GOOD.

LET'S TRY THIS WAY, LETS' TRY

THAT.

AND I LISTEN TO HER IDEAS AND

IT'S JUST AS MUCH HER INPUT AS

MINE IN EACH OF THE BOOKS.

IT TURNS OUT REALLY WELL.

>> I WANT PEOPLE TO REALLY SEE

WHAT THE BOOKS MEAN.

LIKE THEY'RE MEANING TO HAVE

IMAGINATION OR THEY MEANING TO

DREAM BIG.

THEY ALWAYS HAVE A LESSON.

LIKE YOU WANT THEM TO SEE

SOMETHING OUT OF THE BOOKS.

I FEEL LIKE YOU WANT THEM TO SEE

THEY CAN DO ANYTHING, AND

THEY'RE IMPORTANT.

I LIKE ALL THE BOOKS.

BUT IF I HAD TO CHOOSE ONE IT'S

PROBABLY "BELLA LOVES HER

UMBRELLA."

BECAUSE I LOVE HOW THAT BOOK'S

BASED ON IMAGINATION.

>> GRACIE'S GRACE WAS INSPIRED

BY OUR ACTUAL SHELTER PUPPY

NAMED GRACIE.

WHO WE ADOPTED DURING QUARANTINE

LOCKDOWN.

BECAUSE WE HAD SUCH AN AWESOME

EXPERIENCE WITH ADOPTING HER

THROUGH OUR ANIMAL SHELTER, WE

DECIDED TO WRITE A BOOK BASED ON

HER ADOPTION.

A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS GO

BACK TO THE ANIMAL SHELTER.

THIS WAS REALLY IMPORTANT TO US.

WE'VE BEEN RESCUING DOGS FOR

20 YEARS, BUT BECAUSE OF THE

GREAT EXPERIENCE WE HAD WITH

CHA, WE JUST KNEW WE WANTED A

WAY TO GIVE BACK TO THEM.

SO GRACIE WAS BORN AND HAD A

CHERRY EYE AS A PUPPY.

AND IN THE STORY IT TALKS ABOUT

SHE WASN'T SURE WHETHER HER

PHYSICAL DIFFERENCES WOULD KEEP

HER FROM GETTING ADOPTED OR NOT.

AND SHE SAW OTHER DOGS GETTING

ADOPTED BEFORE HER.

IT MADE HER FEEL A LITTLE

INSECURE.

SO THROUGHOUT THE STORY IT TALKS

ABOUT SELF ACCEPTANCE.

LOVING YOURSELF, JUST THE WAY

YOU ARE.

NOT CHANGING A THING.

TRULY BELIEVE WHAT'S MEANT FOR

YOU WILL HAPPEN.

>> WHEN I FIRST SAW HER, WHEN

SHE HAD A CHERRY EYE, I FEEL

LIKE I DIDN'T REALLY CARE THAT

MUCH.

I DIDN'T CARE THAT SHE WAS

DIFFERENT 'CAUSE SHE WAS A

REALLY GOOD DOG.

IT JUST DEPENDED ON HOW THEY

WERE, NOT LIKE HOW THEY LOOK.

BECAUSE I DON'T REALLY CARE

ABOUT LOOKS AS LONG AS THEY'RE A

NICE, GENUINE PERSON -- AND

WELL, DOG IN THIS CASE.

BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE SHE'S

IMPORTANT TO ME.

>> ONE OF THE THINGS I NOTICED

GROWING UP IS THERE WERE NOT A

LOT OF PICTURE BOOKS OF KIDS

THAT LOOKED LIKE ME.

AND IN DOING THE RESEARCH I

FOUND OUT THAT ONLY 12% OF

MAINSTREAM PUBLISHED BOOKS HAVE

DIVERSE CHARACTERS.

SO IT BECAME MY MISSION TO WRITE

AND PUBLISH AND PRODUCE BOOKS

THAT I FELT WERE IMPORTANT.

A MISSING PART IN LITERACY, AND

I'D LIKE TO DISRUPT THAT.

CHANGE THE NUMBERS A LITTLE BIT

AND INSPIRE CHILDREN TO SEE

BOOKS THAT LOOK LIKE THEM.

I REALLY THINK REPRESENTATION

MATTERS.

NOT ONLY TO THE UNDER

REPRESENTED GROUPS, BUT ALSO FOR

THE MAJORITY TO SEE THESE

CHILDREN IN A POSITIVE LIGHT,

WITH FAMILY SETTINGS, DOING

WONDERFUL THINGS, AND MAKING

HISTORIC MOMENTS COME TRUE.

IT HAS BEEN A COMPLETE DREAM

COME TRUE FOR ME.

IT'S SUCH A THRILL.

EVERY SINGLE DAY TO KNOW THAT I

AM LEAVING A LEGACY FOR MY

FAMILY AND MY CHILDREN.

BUT ALSO IMPACTING CHILDREN

FOREVER AROUND THE WORLD.

TO ME, SEEING IT GOING FROM MY

MIND -- LIKE LITERALLY AN IDEA

IN MY MIND, TO A PIECE OF PAPER,

TO A BOOK.

THAT PROCESS, THOSE THREE

STEPS -- IT'S LIKE HAVING A

BABY.

WHEN YOU SEE IT BORN, IT'S THE

BEST THING IN THE WORLD.

>> TO KEEP UP WITH THE NEWEST

RELEASES FROM THIS DYNAMIC DUO

VISIT SRDHARRISBOOKS.COM SCENES

OF VARIOUS TRAGEDIES HAVE BEEN

REPRESENTED IN ARTWORKS SINCE

THE BEGINNING OF TIME.

WHAT IF INSTEAD THE ARTIST'S

CREATION DEPICTS A TIME IN WHICH

THE TRAGEDY NEVER OCCURRED.

THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED RECENTLY

WHEN A POET AND ARTIST COMBINED

THEIR TALENTS TO CREATE

GREENWOOD IMAGINE.

USING WOOD AS HER MEDIUM, ARTIST

EBONY IMAN DALLAS'S MURAL SHOWS

THE DISTRICT AS IF 1921 TULSA

RACE MASSACRE NEVER HAPPENED.

LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THIS

STRIKING AND EMOTIONAL WORK OF

INTERACTIVE ART.

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>> MY BIOLOGICAL FATHER CAME

FROM -- YOU KNOW SOMALILAND AND

LITERALLY WHEN THE CIVIL WAR

BROKE OUT, BOMBS ARE BEING

DROPPED ON YOUR HOUSE BY THE

GOVERNMENT.

SO IT REMINDED ME OF WHAT

HAPPENED IN GREENWOOD.

ONE MINUTE EVERYTHING IS FINE

AND THE NEXT MOMENT IT'S ALL

GONE.

MY NAME IS EBONY IMAN DALLAS AND

I AM AN ARTIST.

I LOVE TO TELL STORIES THROUGH

MY WORK.

I WOULD DEFINITELY SAY A LOT OF

MY CHOICES ARE INFLUENCED BY MY

BACKGROUND.

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IN 2008 I WENT TO VISIT MY

FAMILY IN SOMALILAND.

WE WERE GETTING HENNA DONE AND

MY ART JUST KIND OF LENDS ITSELF

TO THAT.

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MY ART SINCE THEN HAS DEFINITELY

BECOME A LOT MORE FREE.

CLOSE TO A YEAR AND HALF AGO,

TONY BRINKLEY GOT IN TOUCH WITH

ME BECAUSE HE HAD THIS IDEA

CALLED GREENWOOD IMAGINE.

TONY, HE'S A POET -- AMAZING,

PHENOMENAL, AWARD WINNING POET.

HIS GRANDSON DEREK TINSLEY IS A

FILMMAKER.

SO THEY WERE LOOKING FOR A

PAINTER TO CREATE A SERIES A

MURAL THAT WOULD GO ALONG WITH

THE POEM.

AND SO I PROPOSED TO HIM THAT I

CREATE THE MURALS SOLELY OUT OF

WOOD.

THIS IS WHERE YOU HAVE TO MAKE

SURE NOT TO CUT YOUR HAND OFF.

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>> SO THE VERY FIRST SCENE IS

LIKE THE PAST.

SO LET'S SHOW WHAT GREENWOOD WAS

LIKE BEFORE DESTRUCTION.

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SO IT'S THIS BEAUTIFUL OF A

LITTLE GIRL WITH HER FATHER

WALKING THROUGH TOWN WITH AN ICE

CREAM CONE.

THE SECOND SCENE WAS PRETTY MUCH

CREATED AFTER READING THROUGH A

SERIES OF INTERVIEWS -- BUT THIS

ONE SPECIFICALLY TALKED ABOUT

YOU KNOW IT WAS A SURVIVOR -- I

BELIEVE SHE WAS ABOUT FIVE YEARS

OLD WHEN THE MASSACRE OCCURRED.

SHE TALKED ABOUT THESE

REOCCURRING DREAMS THAT SHE

WOULD HAVE.

AND TO ME IT SOUNDS LIKED PTSD.

LIKE SHE TALKED ABOUT THE SMOKE,

AND SHE TALKED ABOUT THE SMELLS.

SHE TALKED ABOUT THE FIRE AND IT

WAS JUST SO VIVID, HER

DESCRIPTION.

LIKE I IMMEDIATELY WAS ABLE TO

CREATE A SKETCH FOR IT.

I GUESS IN SOME WAYS I WENT THAT

DIRECTION BECAUSE MY FATHER WAS

MURDERED BY POLICE OFFICERS.

SO THAT IDEA OF THIS FATHER,

DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP AND LOSS

RESONATED WITH ME.

READING THESE STORIES ABOUT

PEOPLE WHO LOST PARENTS IN

GREENWOOD DEFINITELY RESONATED.

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THE THIRD SCENE IS LET'S IMAGINE

WHAT IT COULD HAVE BEEN LIKE.

WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE HAD THE

MASSACRE NEVER OCCURRED?

THERE WILL BE SOME PUZZLE PIECES

MISSING.

SO THEN WE'LL HAVE SOMEONE FROM

THE AUDIENCE COME UP AND PLACE

IT INTO THE PIECE.

>> LET'S IMAGINE, WHAT IT?

WHAT IF THE MASSACRE NEVER

HAPPENED?

WHAT IF TULSA RESIDENTS HAD

ENJOYED FREE REIGN TO FLOURISH

INTO THE FUTURE, AND GREENWOOD

NEVER LOST THAT YES WE CAN

MINDSET?

CAN YOU IMAGINE THIS?

>> BUT BASICALLY IT'S LIKE WE

HAVE THE POWER TO RECREATE.

YOU KNOW, LIKE A NEW GREENWOOD.

WE JUST NEED TO BELIEVE IN IT

AND GO FOR IT.

>> TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS AND

SIMILAR PROJECTS VISIT THE

GREENWOOD PROJECT WEBSITE.

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>> WHEN I SAY FLOAT LIKE A

BUTTERFLY, STING LIKE A BEE,

MOST WOULD PICTURE THE GREAT

MUHAMMAD ALI.

WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT REALIZE IS

THAT HE'S CONSIDERED ONE OF THE

FIRST WELL KNOWN SPOKEN WORD

ARTIST.

IN TAMPA, FLORIDA, THEY'VE

COMBINED A LOVE OF MUHAMMAD ALI

AND HIS PRINCIPLES WITH A SLAM

POETRY COMPETITION IN -- YOU

GUESSED IT A BOXING RING.

LET'S TAKE A LOOK.

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>> SO TONIGHT IS A SUPER

COMBINATION OF ATHLETICISM AND

ALSO LITERATURE AND POETRY.

WE'VE GOT FOUR OF THE BEST POETS

IN THE CITY WHO ARE GOING TO BE

COMPETING HEAD TO HEAD.

THEY WANTED A STAGE TO VOICE

THEIR LOVE FOR MUHAMMAD ALI AND

HIS PRINCIPLES AND THINGS LIKE

THAT.

THE WAY THAT THE ENTIRE EVENT IS

GOING TO BE ORGANIZED IS ALMOST

LIKE A BOXING MATCH.

>> PLEASE CLAP IT UP FOR YOUR

FIRST SACRIFICIAL POET,

CHARLES HINES.

[ APPLAUSE ]

>> SO I FOCUSED MY POEM ON

RESILIENCE AND OVERCOMING

OBSTACLES.

SO I SPIN IT INTO FIGHTING

AGAINST OPPRESSION AND THOSE

EVERYDAY THINGS THAT PREVENT YOU

FROM BEING YOUR BEST SELF.

FROM SEEING THE LIGHT.

>> EVERY WORD THEY SAY JUST

STINGS, LIKE WILL I EVER BE ALL

RIGHT?

I AM NOT A CHAMPION.

>> IN THIS MOMENT YOU MAY NOT

FEEL LIKE A CHAMPION OR YOUR

BEST SELF.

BUT ALWAYS STANDING UP AGAIN AND

STAYING IN RING UNTIL ONE DAY

YOU LOOK AND SAY HEY, I AM THE

CHAMPION.

>> HOW AM I GOING TO PUT MY SOCK

ON TODAY AND WALK A MILE IN

EVERYONE'S SHOES WHILE I STAY

STUCK IN CEMENT.

STILL TRYING TO SOOTHE, I KNOW.

>> SOMEONE LIKE MUHAMMAD ALI,

EVEN HE GOT TIRED AND EXHAUSTED

ON DAYS I AM SURE.

BECAUSE IT'S ALL JUST SO MUCH

SOMETIMES.

THE POEM THAT I WROTE IS JUST

KIND OF SAYING THAT IT'S OK TO

HAVE BAD DAYS AND IT'S OK TO

HAVE DAYS WHERE YOU FOCUS ON

YOURSELF AND YOU FOCUS ON

YOURSELF AND YOU'RE STILL A

GREAT PERSON.

>> I MISSED THE DAYS WHEN WE

PULLED OUT BOXING GLOVES INSTEAD

OF HAND GUNS.

BEFORE FIST BECAME SEMIAUTOMATIC

PISTOLS AND DOUBLE ACTION

REVOLVERS.

>> IN 2017 I STARTED GROW HOUSE

BECAUSE I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING

DIFFERENT.

THE IDEA WAS TO TAKE THE

ELEMENTS OF SLAM POETRY AND THE

COMPETITION STRUCTURE AND USE IT

FOR OTHER FORMS OF ART.

>> NOSY SHIPWRECKS RESURFACE TO

WATCH DOLPHINS ORNAMENT BLACK

BRAIDS WITH GOLD.

SHE PULLS MOUNT EVEREST OUT OF

HER BREASTS AND EACH NAIL LINES

UP FOR ITS TURN AT GETTING EVEN.

2019 IS WHEN I PARTNERED UP WITH

DENNIS.

HE'S AN EXCELLENT HOST AND HE'S

A GREAT PEOPLE PERSON.

HE'S A LOT MORE OUTGOING THAN I

WOULD SAY I AM.

SO WE'RE DEFINITELY A GREAT

PARTNERSHIP IN THAT I AM MORE

RESERVED AND HE'S GREAT AT JUST

BEING PEOPLE PERSON.

PROFOUND POETS THAT I PERSONALLY

KNOW, WALTER WALLY B.

[ APPLAUSE ]

>> WALLY B. IS KIND OF THIS TREE

TRUNK, RIGHT?

AND HE'S KIND OF BROUGHT POETRY

AS SPOKEN WORD DOWN FROM

TALLAHASSEE.

WHEN HE BROUGHT IT HERE TO TAMPA

YOU KNOW FROM THAT BLOSSOMED A

LOT OF EVERYTHING YOU SEE TODAY.

>> THIS EARTH WAS NOT BUILT BY

BRICK AND MORTAR.

WHAT YOU DO MAY MAKE YOU

IMPORTANT, BUT WHY YOU DO WILL

MAKE YOU IMMORTAL.

THE POEM THAT I HAVE IS REALLY

ABOUT THE WHOLE AGING PROCESS.

AND HOW ITS IMPORTANT FOR US TO

REALLY RECOGNIZE THE TOTALITY OF

OUR LIFE AS ONE COHESIVE

EXPERIENCE.

RATHER THAN THESE FRAGMENTED

PARTS WHERE WE FALL IN LOVE AND

HATE THE OTHER.

SO WITH MUHAMMAD ALI A LOT OF

PEOPLE ARE KIND OF ABLE TO

SEGMENT HIS LIFE INTO VARIOUS

SECTIONS WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT HIM

AS A YOUNG CHAMPION.

THEN WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE

ATTENTION THAT HE GOT AS AN

ACTIVIST, AND THEN IN HIS LATTER

YEARS AS HE DEALT WITH

PARKINSON'S AND LOT OF MEDICAL

CHALLENGES.

SO MOST PEOPLE THEY EXPERIENCE

OR KNOW HIM AND THEY REALLY HIS

LIFE RESONATES WITH HIM, HEAVILY

USUALLY IN ONE OF THOSE THREE

AREAS.

I REMIND EVERYONE THAT GREATNESS

IS JUST OVER THE HORIZON.

>> ALI IS ACTUALLY ONE OF THE

FEW PEOPLE THAT IS LIKE ONE OF

MY SUPER HEROES.

>> I JUST LOOK AT HIM AS SOMEONE

WHO IS SO DEDICATED TO GETTING

WHAT HE WANTS.

>> JUST GOING BACK AND WATCHING

OLD FOOTAGE OF HIM AND SEEING

HOW HE WAS ABLE TO COME OUT ON

TOP AGAINST SOME OF THE BIGGEST

FIGHTERS.

AND THEN OF COURSE OUTSIDE OF

THE RING HE WAS JUST AN ARTISTIC

PERSON OVERALL.

>> HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST I

WOULD SAY LIKE ONE OF THE FIRST

WELL KNOWN -- LIKE SPOKEN WORD

KIND OF POETS.

>> FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY, STING

LIKE A BEE.

RUMBLE, YOUNG MAN, RUMBLE.

HEY!

>> THAT'S THE BEST TYPE OF

POETRY TO ME.

IT'S LIKE THE AUTHENTIC GENUINE,

AND THAT'S ALL MUHAMMAD ALI IS,

YOU KNOW?

>> THE FACT THAT HE CRAFTED

HIMSELF AS HIS OWN CHARACTER AND

CHOSE TO BE TRUE TO THAT, COME

HELL OR HIGH WATER.

YOU KNOW WITH ALL OF THE WEIGHT

THAT EACH ONE OF HIS DECISIONS

HAS MADE NOT JUST FOR HIMSELF,

BUT AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF HIS

PEOPLE HERE IN AMERICA.

>> HE GOT SOMETHING THAT HE HAD

BEEN TRAINING FOR, BASICALLY HIS

ENTIRE LIFE.

AND HE DECIDED TO GIVE IT UP FOR

THE GOOD OF OTHER PEOPLE.

>> I LOVED HIM -- AS YOU KNOW

BEING A BLACKMAN WHO WAS

COMPLETELY CONFIDENT IN WHO HE

WAS.

AT THAT TIME THAT WAS VERY NOT

OK TO DO THAT.

>> HE BECAME THE FIRST, IN MY

EYES, THE FIRST ATHLETE THAT WAS

MORE THAN HIS SPORT.

[ BELL RING ]

>> I WISH I WOULD HAVE HAD THE

OPPORTUNITY TO ACTUALLY MEET,

SEE, BE IN THE PRESENCE OF ALI.

WORTHY OF ALL PRAISES MOST HIGH.

>> THE POEM THAT I WROTE FOR

THIS EVENT, I WAS TRYING TO TAKE

SOME OF HIS CORE TENANTS AND

EXPOUND UPON THEM AND FIND HOW I

AM TRYING TO EXEMPLIFY THEM IN

MY LIFE.

JUST A SMALL HOMAGE TO

MUHAMMAD ALI.

>> AND CONVICTION, SPIRITUALITY

AND DEDICATION HE WAS RESPECT

AND GIVING.

>> WE WANT TAMPA TO BE A CITY

THAT PEOPLE THINK OF WHEN THEY

THINK OF REALLY DOPE SPOKEN WORD

POETRY.

LIKE OH WE GOT TO GO TO TAMPA

AND GROW HOUSE.

WE REALLY BELIEVE IN BUILDING

COMMUNITY AND WORKING TOGETHER

WITH OTHER PEOPLE IN THE

COMMUNITY WHO HAVE THE SAME GOAL

AS US.

>> TAMPA AS A WHOLE, OUTSIDE OF

EVEN JUST POETRY IS REALLY

BLOSSOMING IN A BEAUTIFUL WAY IN

THE ART SCENE.

SO -- AND WE WANT TO BE A PART

OF THAT.

>> WE'RE ALL TRYING TO GET TO

THE SAME PLACE.

WE ALL WANT TAMPA TO BE KNOWN AS

THIS AWESOME CITY AND THERE'S A

WHOLE BUNCH OF TALENT HERE.

GROW HOUSE JUST WANTS TO BE

PLATFORM TO SHOW THAT AND PUT

TAMPA ON THE MAP BASICALLY.

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>> IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE IN THE

TAMPA AREA AND WANT TO CHECK OUT

LOCAL ARTIST AND POETS OR EVEN

WRITE HAIKU OF YOUR OWN, CONNECT

WITH THEM ON INSTAGRAM

@GROWHOUSETAMPA.

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THIS NEXT STORY REMINDS US THAT

WHEN YOU BLEND THE IMAGINATION

WITH THE UNIQUE PROPERTIES OF

MOLTEN GLASS THE CREATIVE

POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS.

TALENTED ARTISTS AT GLASS AXIS

IN FRANKLINTON HAVE BROUGHT TO

LIFE FANTASTICAL CREATURES DRAWN

BY COLUMBUS SCHOOL CHILDREN.

LET'S CHECK IT OUT.

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>> SO WE ARE HERE AT GLASS AXIS

AND THIS IS THE FOURTH YEAR OF

THE FANTASTICAL CREATURES

PROGRAM.

FANTASTICAL CREATURES IS A GREAT

PROGRAM TO ALLOW CHILDREN AND

PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS TO VIEW THE

WORLD IN A REALLY FUN WAY AND

PUT A CREATURE IN THE WORLD THAT

HAS NEVER EXISTED BEFORE.

>> WE ARE WORKING WITH SIX

DIFFERENT SCHOOLS.

THESE ARE ALL THIRD, FOURTH AND

FIFTH GRADERS.

WE'VE GOT A WONDERFUL GRANT FROM

PNC ART'S ALIVE THIS YEAR TO

OFFER THE PROGRAM AT NO COST TO

THE SCHOOLS.

SO WE SENT ART SUPPLIES.

WE WERE ABLE TO SEND DRAFT

PAPER, CARD STOCK, DRAWING

PAPER.

WE ALSO SENT COLORED MARKERS AND

WE SAID WE WANT YOU TO THINK OF

A CREATURE THAT HAS NEVER

EXISTED BEFORE AND WRITE US A

STORY ABOUT IT.

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>> SO IT HAS TO BE COMPLETELY

ORIGINAL.

NOT ABOUT A VIDEOGAME OR

SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

THEY HAVE TO COME UP WITH IT,

THEY HAVE TO INSPIRE IT

THEMSELVES.

NOT ONLY DO THEY HAVE TO DRAW A

PICTURE, THEY HAVE TO WRITE A

STORY THAT GOES ALONG WITH IT.

AND THAT'S ALMOST THE MOST

IMPORTANT PIECE.

ESPECIALLY WITH THIRD GRADERS,

THEY HAVE STATE TESTING AND THEY

ARE WRITING ESSAYS.

SO IT'S THE NARRATIVE WRITING

PIECE IS EVEN BETTER.

>> WE WANTED TO MAKE THIS A

CROSS CURRICULUM PROJECT FOR THE

SCHOOLS.

THE SCHOOLS HAVE TO BE SO

FOCUSED ON WHAT THEY NEED TO GET

IN DURING A SCHOOL YEAR.

WE WANT TO TRY TO MAKE THAT A

LITTLE EASIER FOR THEM.

SO BY OFFERING THIS, USE THIS

CREATIVITY AND THEN WRITE ABOUT

IT.

USE DETAILS.

USE THE SENTENCE STRUCTURE.

USE THE THINGS YOU LEARN.

AND THEN WE TURN IT INTO ART.

SO IT'S REALLY A CHANCE FOR

PEOPLE TO SEE HOW ALL THESE

DIFFERENT POINTS IN A SCHOOL'S

CURRICULUM CAN MELD RIGHT INTO

ART.

>> WHEN WE WERE ORIGINALLY

LOOKING AT THE SUBMISSIONS, WE

WERE THINKING ABOUT HOW THEY

WERE BEING MADE, AS WE WERE

LOOKING AT THEM AND READING THE

STORIES.

SEEING IF IT WAS POSSIBLE.

SO THAT WAS PART OF THE

BEGINNING PROCESS OF CHOOSING

WAS -- DECIDING IF COULD BE DONE

IN GLASS.

>> IT'S LIKE FIRST I LOOK AT THE

PICTURE AND GO, CAN I MAKE THIS?

IS IT POSSIBLE?

THEN YOU READ THE STORY AND IT

SEALS THE DEAL, I THINK, FOR

SURE.

>> SHE LIVES IN THE UNICORNS

HEAVENS.

LUNA LIKE TO DO WORK AT THE

SLIME GLITTER FACTORY.

RAINBOWS, GLITTER AND SLIME MAKE

HER HAPPY.

I FEEL LIKE THAT MAKES ME HAPPY

TOO.

>> YOU GUYS THIS IS GOING TO BE

SO HARD.

THEY'RE ALL SO AMAZING.

>> I KNOW.

>> WE CHOSE AT LEAST ONE FROM

EACH SCHOOL.

IN THIS CASE THERE'S AT LEAST

TWO FROM EVERY SCHOOL WE CHOSE

THIS YEAR.

THEN WE INVITE THE CLASSES TO

COME HERE.

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>> TODAY WE ARE MAKING THE

PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLYFISH.

WE'RE RUNNING AT ABOUT

2,000 DEGREES IN BOTH OF OUR

FURNACES.

THE REHEATING CHAMBER IS ROUGHLY

2,300 DEGREES.

A LITTLE HOTTER THAN THE

FURNACE, JUST SO THAT WE CAN --

THE GLASS TURNS INTO A SOLID AT

A RAPID RATE, SO WE WANT TO KEEP

IT WARM AND WORKABLE AS WE'RE

TOUCHING.

WE DO LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE

SCIENCE ASPECT OF GLASS.

THERE'S A LOT OF MOLECULAR

CHANGE THAT HAPPENS.

WE'RE WORKING WITH HEAT AND

GRAVITY AND TOUCH.

IT'S INTERESTING TO SHOW THE

KIDS THAT WE ARE PLAYING WITH A

LAVA SUBSTANCE AND WE'RE OKAY.

I THINK THE KIDS ARE REALLY

EXCITED WHEN THE GLASS IS IN ITS

MOLTEN STATE.

THAT WE ARE TOUCHING IT AND

SHAPING IT AND IT'S COMING

TOGETHER.

I THINK THE EXCITEMENT COMES

WHEN WE'RE ABLE TO TAME THE

GLASS AS IT'S MOVING.

'CAUSE IT'S WAGGING AROUND AND

THEN WE TOUCH AND IT STOPS.

THE KIDS GO, OOH.

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>> DID YOU HEAR THEM IN THE

AUDIENCE?

THEY WERE -- YEAH, SHE WAS LIKE

IT LOOKS JUST LIKE THE PICTURES.

SO I WAS LIKE, THAT'S THE GOAL.

I REALLY WANT TO GET AS CLOSE TO

THE CHILD'S IMAGINATION AS

POSSIBLE.

THIS ISN'T SOMETHING THEY SEE

EVERYDAY AND I FEEL LIKE ART IS

NOT ALWAYS SOMETHING THAT'S

PUSHED.

IT'S LIKE THEY WANT TO BE A

DOCTOR, THEY WANT TO BE A

LAWYER.

THEY DON'T REALIZE THEY CAN BE

ARTIST TOO.

AND AFTER LEAVING THEY ALL --

THEY ALL WANT TO BE GLASS

BLOWERS.

>> I FEEL PRIVILEGED TO BE PART

OF THE PROCESS.

PEOPLE ARE LIKE, OH DO YOU LOVE

YOUR JOB?

YES.

YES.

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>> TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GLASS

AXIS VISIT GLASSAXIS.ORG.

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>> WELL THAT'S OUR SHOW.

REMEMBER YOU CAN FIND ALL OUR

STORIES ONLINE AT WOSU.ORG AS

WELL AS ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

FROM ALL OF US HERE AT WOSU, I

AM KATE QUICKEL.

THANKS FOR WATCHING.

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