ArtsCommunity Involvement

SPEAK: A Spoken Word Showcase

Student reading slam poem on a theatre stage

While a librarian at Loras College, I led a project to organize a spoken word poetry event for area middle school and high school youth of color. By partnering with the city’s Multicultural Family Center as well as two other area colleges and their affiliated Black Student Unions, we were able to develop a series of poetry workshops culminating in a spoken word poetry showcase attended by 62 students and their families. The goal of the project was to help young students of color develop a love of literacy and to show students pathways to higher education to which they may not have been otherwise exposed.

Student reading slam poem on a theatre stage