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SAY WORD! Youth Poetry Festival 2012 - High School Finals
Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)
The MN Spoken Word Association in partnership with Plan-It-Hennepin Presents
the Annual Say Word! Youth Poetry Festival
featuring special guests Villa Rosa (Maria Isa + Muja Messiah), Alexei Moon Casselle (aka Crescent Moon), Truthmaze, DJ Stage One, DJ Elsewhere and more
April 21, 2012
New Century Theater • Downtown Minneapolis
12:00 – Middle School Prelims
3:00pm – Middle School Finals
12:30pm – High School Prelims
7:00pm – High School Finals
Say Word! Youth Poetry Festival is a one day youth spoken word event celebrating the youth poets of Minnesota, with sidewalk dance ciphers, a non-competitive open mic, workshops, networking, guest performances and a marathon of slam competitions aimed at crowning the 2012 Say Word! Champions. Slam teams feature middle school and high school youth, however the slams are also open to any individual youth poet, of middle school or high school age between 13-18 years old, can create a independent team of 4-6 poets to participate in the festival, whether they are enrolled in school, part of an after school program or just youth in the community. Teams will compete in a series of slams with the four remaining teams competing in the Finals; there will be a Middle School Finals and a High School Finals. There is limited space in the workshops; please arrive early to sign up. The community at large is invited to come witness, participate and support the youth. Poetry will be all-age appropriate.
What’s a Slam?
An Olympic Style poetry competition. Poems have a 3 minute time limit and are scored by a panel of judges. No props or musical instrument can be used. The crowd is often wildly excited! Of course, with youth poetry, MNSWA takes the focus off the competition and more towards the celebration of poetry, writing and literacy as empowerment!
Tickets: $2 Donation.
More information at email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Minnesota Spoken Word Association is one of the premier spoken word organizations in the country. Founded by spoken word artists it has worked to help build the spoken word community and to elevate the art form through its mission, programming, and education programs on the tradition. It has developed MN’s first Spoken Word Institute for teachers and youth, the Singers of Daybreak spoken word conference for 2 years; the Urban Griots radio show which fuses spoken word, hip hop and conscious music. the Urban Griots Spoken Word Awards; along with numerous open mics, projects and collaborations. It has worked with or featured such artists as The Last Poets, Carl Hancock Rux, Jessica Care Moore, Miguel Algarin, J. Otis Powell!, Mike Ladd, Ursula Rucker, Truthmaze, i was born with 2 tongues, Bao Phi, Zell Miller III, Slug (Atmosphere), Desdamona, Talaam Acey, e.g. bailey, The Poet Tree, Toki Wright (The C.O.R.E.), Queen Sheba, Shá Cage, Slam MN, Edupoetic Enterbrainment, David Mura, Eyedea and Abilities, Sister Mimi, the National Poetry Slam and many more.
Plan-It Hennepin: Recreating Hennepin Avenue into a walkable and unified cultural corridor stretching from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to the Mississippi Riverfront. A one-year creative placemaking project to envison a more connected and lively future for Hennepin Avenue from the Mississippi River to the Walker Art Center.