LLCC’s Open Door program is collaborating with the state’s historic sites in Springfield and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site to present a writing workshop for student artists and a special community concert at the Springfield campus Dec. 15.
The “I Am America” Writers Workshop will take place in the R. H. Stephens Room from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The workshop is designed for poets, singer-songwriters spoken word artists and authors. Participants will discuss topics such as songwriting, writer’s block, starting your book, and creating a song demo. Registration is required to participate in the workshop by contacting Michael Phelon in the Open Door Mentorship Program at Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-786-3689.
Music and Conversation will kickoff with an artist reception at 5:30 p.m. in A. Lincoln Commons. The main event, a concert and thoughtful conversation inspired by some of Antonio Neal’s latest songs, starts at 6 p.m.
About the Open Door Mentoring Program
The mission of the Open Door Mentoring Program is to positively impact African- American male persistence, retention and completion at Lincoln Land Community College. Through the application of academic, career and social/emotional enrichment, Open Door mentoring men will successfully take the first step on their educational journey while being groomed for the next level. To learn more, visit www.llcc.edu/student-services/open-door-program
About Antonio Neal
As a Grammy-nominated Producer, a 4-time Dove award winner, and a 4-time Stellar award nominated writer/producer, Antonio Neal has been inspiring listeners through his thoughtful approach in his music. Musically, Antonio paints on a canvass that can truly be called his own, from a palette of musical colors as vast and arresting as his own seemingly boundless imagination. Understanding that this is an artist whose singularly unique vision is as influenced by the sweet sounds of legendary ’70s soul crooner, Al Green, as it is modern, cutting-edge hip-hop, one gets at least an inkling that this is something altogether new, created by an artist clearly guided by nothing but his own inner visions.
With his newly minted partnership with Studio Caffé, Antonio is now primed to share his newest release timely entitled, I Am America. This five song EP provides a soul-wrenching perspective of life in present day America. Antonio explains, “Every artist has a responsibility to respond.” The musical production is as transparent as the lyrics, providing an up close and personal experience of the story telling given in each record. Pop it into the player and you’ll know you’re on terrain that is as new and daring as it is somehow familiar and accessible.