Providing a safe space for young artists and writers to explore the complexities and challenges of life
About the Project
VOX is metro Atlanta’s home for uncensored teen publishing and self-expression. We connect metro Atlanta teens to resources for building their confidence, increasing their capacity to meet life’s demands and ensuring their future success.
Atlanta thrives when its teens are engaged and valued and VOX knows that the arts contribute to creating a rich and diverse community. We see the power of the arts to serve as a springboard for action and advocacy around issues impacting the community as teens are given the opportunity to express themselves and engage in conversation around topics like race, gender, HIV/AIDS and teen dating violence. VOX also uses the arts as a way to prepare teens for life after high school.
Created by a VOX alumna, Atlanta Word Works is a program at VOX that supports, guides and provides a safe space for young artists and writers to explore the complexities and challenges of life through oral literacy, workshops and performance. We believe that the arts – as a means of developing critical thinking skills, social responsibility and creative problem solving – provide teens with the necessary tools to enter a world in need of fresh perspectives to build peace, and bring much needed change.
Over the next several months, Atlanta Word Works will offer the following creative programming for teens to express themselves effectively and communicate with their peers about the issues that matter most:
-Bi-Weekly Writing Workshops: These twice-monthly workshops explore themes such as arts and activism, politics and gender issues and are designed to prepare young people to become artists for social change. Teens are supported by teaching artists in developing content.
-Quarterly Open Mic Series: Free teen open mics for the metro Atlanta area
-And Still I Rise: On Saturday, February 18th, VOX is partnering with Georgia Public Broadcasting for an afternoon of poetry at their studios to honor Maya Angelou. “And Still I Rise” will be an interactive experience, including workshops with Bettina Love and Theresa Davis, and will culminate in a poetry slam. The event will be filmed by VOX teens, with support from GPB production mentors. When the piece is edited, it will be air on GPB.
-Atlanta Youth Poet Laureate Competition: VOX will lead the process to determine the third annual Atlanta Youth Poet Laureate. This national program includes a book deal for the winner.
-Annual Youth Poetry Slam: Our youth poetry slam will select the team to represent Atlanta at the Brave New Voices international youth poetry festival in July 2017. The preliminary round will be held in March, with finals held in April at our VOX-a-palooza event.
Funding will go to support programming specifically in the City of Atlanta. Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by the City of Atlanta and will go directly to cover these costs:
-Atlanta Youth Poet Laureate Program: $1,000
-MARTA fare for teens to get to and from workshops and special events: $500
-Healthy snacks and meals for programs: $500
-Program supplies: $500
-Supplies for special events: $750
-Teen leadership stipends: $750
-Staff time to execute all activities: $3,500
-Stipend for Brave New Voices coach: $2,500
Thank you to all of our donors and the City of Atlanta for your support of Atlanta Word Works and our work to support young artists and writers.
Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $5,000 ! (pending matching fund availability)
Donate $1 or moreAll of our donors will receive an official thank you letter; online recognition; and a subscription to the quarterly VOX e-newsletter.Amount is fully tax-deductible
$5,000Match from City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs- FY17
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