Rooted in the hip hop aesthetic and break beat poet tradition, this workshop explores identity, ideas, and interactions. Students unearth their personal stories and the stories of those around them through a series of exploratory writing and performance exercises designed to capture who they are, where they come from, and how they see the world.
Five actors play a vibrant cast of characters and breathe life into this delightful tale from the Brothers Grimm. A feisty tailor kills seven flies in one blow! Impressed with his accomplishment, he sets off to make his fortune. Faced with a series of challenges, he uses courage and intelligence to defeat nasty giants, conquer […]
Rebecca Kelly creates a medley of folklore, legends, and poems that inspire inspire the creation of cloth books. Students embroider and embellish these tiny treasures with thread, fabric, and found objects. This little treasure trove of a book can be adapted to many curricular areas!
This dynamic program walks students through the exciting world of hip-hop songwriting as they write verses about subjects they study in class. Students are introduced to the Bomani Armah wRiting System and receive in-depth instruction on elements of creative writing, using simile, metaphor, and rhyme to structure a song written in the pattern of a […]
Hip Hop songwriter and poet Bomani makes writing fun by employing techniques used when composing hip hop poems and song lyrics. Whether it’s rhyming, revising, or editing, the process of writing is universal! Students will be inspired to create their next song, poem, or essay using the skills Bomani imparts to them.
In his program Word Play, Alden Phelps combines a high-energy collection of far-fetched, funny songs and impressive guitar playing to delight every audience. In this reading and music assembly, students sing along with original songs such as: “When They Make Me President” “My Brother’s Got an iPod Totally Attached to His Head” “The Mysterious Island […]
In this challenging workshop students use freestyle rap and the process of improvising lyrics to explore language, build confidence, and use creativity. The art of freestyling illustrates to students the power poets possess as they use their own unique voices to weave words together into inspired lyrics. This art form strengthens students’ ability to bring […]
This exploration inspires students to create their own books. Styles include pop-up, envelope accordion, origami, and marbleized covers. Each book is personalized using drawing, painting, and collage and can be used to hold students’ poetry, short stories, and artwork. Book styles can be tailored by age group and length of time.
Based on his personal journey to discover his family’s history, Jacob Winterstein developed this residency as a way to share his process and help young people connect with their personal history and the stories of those around them. Participants learn the stories of the people in their lives, whether they be family members, caregivers, babysitters, […]
Odes and appreciation poems have been praising people, places, events, things, and ideas for millennia. During this program students listen to, watch, and engage in close readings of odes and appreciation poems from a diverse sampling of poets. Students identify people, places, events, traditions, beliefs, and ideas in their lives that they want to appreciate […]