Reflections on International Collaboration through the Arts

As Americans striving to be better global citizens, how we show up in the countries of others requires sensitivity, humility, and openness. Drawing on his experience as an international touring poet, hip hop artist, and cultural diplomat Kane Smego shares stories from his work on five continents and in over a dozen countries. His dynamic performance both celebrates and critically examines cross-cultural community-building and collaboration.

Kane Smego is an international touring spoken word poet and hip hop artist, educator, and National Poetry Slam finalist. He is the Associate Director and an artist alumnus of Next Level, a cultural diplomacy program that sends American hip-hop artists around the world to use music and dance in promoting cultural exchange, artistic collaboration, and community building.