Spoken Word Poetry is making a return to the forefront. Youth are embracing this passionate and expressive art form to inspire, provoke, and incite change from the personal to the political. As adult allies and organizers we can honor this rich resource and energize the youth and young adults in our lives to be proud of their stories and share them with purpose. Storytelling has long since been an engine of personal and communal healing, and a crucial element of social change and evolution. Join Teaching Artist Amina Jordan-Mendez as we discuss, write, question, and share activities and practices of Social Justice Spoken Word.
This two-hour workshop is the last in the Social Change Sundays series, rescheduled from November 2019. Social Change Sundays is a series of workshops for opening dialogue about intersectional social justice at Earthdance and across the region. Through critical thinking as well as creative, interactive, & movement-based tools for interrupting oppression, the intention of the series is to build authentic, equitable relationships and strengthen our collective resources for transformative justice.
Free & open to all. Registration required. We encourage local & regional community members, leaders, and organizers of all types to come learn and build with us!
4:45pm Arrival & Light Supper
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Free childcare available (email email@example.com). ADA accessible.
*Training may be filmed to offer documentation to the general community as reference tools, and for further learning and engagement.
Amina Jordan-Mendez is a poet-performer and arts educator from Amherst, MA. For over 10 years Amina has been involved in developing youth leadership and arts education for schools, organizations, and the community at large. She is known for original poetry performances, organizing and facilitating workshops and conferences, and speaking at community protests, political gatherings, and forums. It is Amina’s passion to empower young people to think critically, express themselves bravely, and believe in their abilities to change the world for the better. Amina’s mission is to Rehumanize our nation, and Love is the Motive.
Thank you to the National Endowment for the Arts, Easthampton Savings Bank, and the Springfield & Cummington Cultural Councils for generously sponsoring this series.
photos © Joshua Hoehne (top), Anna M. Maynard (middle)