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Date(s): Tuesday through Thursday, July 14 - 16, 2020
Type(s): Community Event, Open Mic, Panel, Reading, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Community, Human Rights, Poetry, Social Justice
As the world awakens to injustice, we must all work together to build a strong foundation on which to rebuild a more just world. The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University is proud to sponsor the first annual Creative Justice Youth Symposium, Tuesday through Thursday, June 14 - 16, 2020 on Zoom. Each day will consist of a workshop and community open mic.
Presented in partnership with Aliento and RE:Frame Youth Arts Center, the symposium will center on creative writing as a skill for resilience and community building through workshops, panels, and community open mics. The symposium is open to youth ages 13 - 24.
Each workshop takes place at 11:00 a.m. Each open mic takes place at 6:00 p.m. Sign-ups for the open mic can only be accessed during the workshop. Open mics will be live-streamed on the Piper Center's Facebook page.
Workshops are open to youth ages 13-24. If you are not a youth, we kindly ask you refrain from signing up, and instead support youth, by checking out the live-stream. All events and programs are and free open to the public. More information about each workshop can be found below.
If you have any questions about the Symposium, or are an educator or adult working with a youth serving organization and wish to learn more about Piper Outreach Programs please email M. McDonough at email@example.com.
Please note: while this event is free and open to the public, you must register through Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link. Space is first-come, first-served. Doors will open at 10:50 AM. Attendance will be capped at 30 guests in order to allow everyone the opportunity to speak. Registrations do not guarantee or reserve seats. The Zoom link for each workshop can be found in the online event page. If you have any questions or require different forms of access, please reach out to Community Outreach Coordinator M. McDonough at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Workshops
Tuesday, July 14: Words that Heal with Aliento
There are different parts to stories, but whether you find yourself in the middle of a chapter in your life or at the beginning of a new one, your story matters. These days we are constantly being told who we are from news outlets, peers, institutions, etc. You have the power to take back your narrative and share the unique and powerful aspects you believe are true to you. Join us for a workshop exploring the healing nature of writing as we reflect on the moment and explore the diversity and resiliency of our stories and communities.
Wednesday, July 15: The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action with RE:Frame Youth Arts Center
How do we break silences in order to mobilize individuals in a collective movement? As writers and poets, what is the truth of what we speak? Join Gizela Hernandez, Ashley Hare, Hadiyah Muhammad, Megan Atencia, and Sylvia Dale for a panel discussion around culture and ancestry in silence.
Thursday, July 16: Undoing to become: uplifting the body, living the word with Kay Ulanday Barrett
Kay Ulanday Barrett will delve into topics of self-testimony in this interdisciplinary workshop of performance, writing, and story telling from perspectives that center QTPOC as living archive and cultural resistance. Participants will share narratives they’ve been told of truth and transformation. How do we move collectively to reclaim and invent empowering stories for stronger visions and action? How do we channel stories that impact us as surviving and communities in struggle? What does artistic prep and aftercare feel like when telling resistance stories? What does spiritual support and aftercare look like when committed to political art? Self-care is only the beginning when systemic oppression gets you hella down. Resources on self-care, Art by Queer and Transgender Black, Indigenous, and People of Color will be highlighted and explored. Cultural work is visceral work. Workshop participants are asked to dress in comfortable clothing, and to bring their journals and/or writing materials.