WHO IS DIVINEWORDS?
Divinewords (aka Sydney Latimer - Them/They) is a creepy, queer interdisciplinary artist from St. Paul, MN. As a teen, they developed, curated, and implemented arts programming geared toward teen audiences at the Walker Art Center as a member of the Walker Art Center's Teen Arts Council. Divine has worked alongside Twin Cities muralist Marilyn Lindstrom, internationally renowned graffiti artist Barry McGee (Twist), and has completed several solo mural projects. As a poet and performer, Divine has shared the stage with poetry and hip-hop legends such as The Last Poets, Ursula Rucker, Eyedea & Abilities, Toki Wright, and Brother Ali. They have been a featured performer at First Avenue/3rd Street Entry, The History State Theater, Penumbra Theater, Prince's Paisley Park, and the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe in New York City, NY.
Divine has received awards and honors for their work in poetry, visual arts, and academics including the 2002 “V.E.R.V.E Grant for Spoken Word Artists” (sponsored by S.A.S.E and the Jerome Foundation), the 2021 & 2022 "Creative Support for Individual Artists" grant (sponsored by MSAB), the 2021 Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative grant (CURA/The University of MN), and the 2021 Science Museum of MN "RACE" grant. Divine is a 2021 Point Foundation BIPOC Scholar, a 2021 Jeanette Rankin Scholar, a 2021 Mejuri Scholar, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. In 2008, they were one of two representatives for the United States at the “Ignite the Americas” International Arts Conference (sponsored by the Canadian Arts Council) in Toronto, Canada. From 2015-2018, Divine was a contributing writer for the Huffington Post.
For the last six years, Divine has been developing a new genre of art through an ongoing experimental art project called "Toxic Tea Party". This innovative project can best be described as the exploration of post-apocalyptic dreamscapes. Toxic Tea Party merges the concepts of life, queerness, sexuality, death, grief, masks, consumerism, and the unsettling creepiness of the uncanny valley. "Toxic Tea Party" boldly marries Afro-Futurism, Afro-Gothic, Pop Art, and Post-Apocalyptic Surrealism to create macabre art that is truly TO DIE FOR.
Join Divine on their journey of creating a new life as a non-traditional student, community organizer, and shrine maker in the Twin Cities after the George Floyd uprisings of 2020.