Spring 2023 Community Night: A Night of Untold Stories!
The evening of Monday, April 24th, was one for the books as the students from Amped Studio and YALL came together to conclude their spring semester at Humanities Amped Community Night Showcase and Family Table event.
With their works centered around the theme of "untold stories," student artists took the stage to present their creative projects. After presenting their works, Students were treated to live performances by poets: Toi Whitney Ann, Flo Darese, and Toi the Poetic Beauty who presented their works and lived experiences also centering the theme of untold stories. Through heartfelt verses and soul-stirring performances, they demonstrated how the power leave a lasting impact .
The excitement didn't end there! The students of YALL (Youth Apprentice Leadership League) had something special in store. With a shared mission to amplify student voices, they presented their plan to revive the student government association at Tara High School. Their vision is to create a platform for students to be heard and empowered through collaboration and democratic action.
The night was a celebration of artistic expression and student advocacy, weaving together the threads of untold stories and the collective desire for a voice. It was a testament to the power of young minds, their ability to inspire, and their unwavering commitment to making a difference.
THS Poetry Slam Team
Poetry is alive at Tara High School! Throughout the month of February, students and faculty were invited to submit their original poetry in response to weekly prompts. Students who submitted poems were invited to share their writing at a school-wide open mic on March 15. Tara students, Tara faculty, and Amped staff all took to the mic to share their words with one another. The event concluded with a brief writing workshop based on Mahogany L. Browne's poem "Black Girl Magic" and a second opportunity to share.
Jannat Almashhadni, Vilma Yulieth Enamorado Guzman, Elijah Cage, Layla Brown, Aja Cummings, Kaden Smith, Cassidy Carey, and Andrick Bonilla were selected as members of Tara High School’s first Slam Poetry Team. Together with Amped teaching artist Kalivyn Marquix, Anna West, and Tara Literacy Coach Paula LaCour, the students met after school to prepare to perform at EBR’s Second Annual District-Wide Poetry Slam. The Tara team presented two group poems and one individual poem, and had the highest representation of any school at the event. On April 5, the Slam Team took their exceptional work on tour around Tara’s campus.
At their final meeting, Kalivyn invited the team to review the goals they had established together on the first day. In response to the questions "What do we want? What do you hope to get out of the Poetry Slam Team?" the students had written respect, being comfortable with each other, help each other with our writing, enhance creativity, have fun, releasing our emotional energy with our words, to grow as a team, creating group experiences, make history, make long lasting friendships, and learn about each other. As Kalivyn read down the list, the team agreed without question: they had met each and every goal.
At Humanities Amped, we are proud to make creative, supportive spaces accessible to young people. Check out some of the team’s amazing work below!
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