the series. is a monthly gathering of thematic performances and workshops designed to give voice to the lived experiences of people impacted by the criminal justice system. The performances use spoken word as the main medium, but also include a variety of other art forms such as vocals, interpretive dance, live painting and multi-media visual arts. Simultaneously, artists take turns co-facilitating monthly workshops with smaller audiences. These interactive sessions provide a safe space for participants to process the topics being unpacked and learn how to use spoken word as a tool of personal expression and empowerment.
On Tuesday, May 18th, Spark House will present Sanctuary: a workshop that investigates how the poem becomes a resonant source of resistance, a roadmap to a brighter future, a sanctuary? Participants will explore punctuation, line-break, and active voice–how they murmur on the page–and contribute to the longstanding relationship between black bodies and our fight for liberation. Drawing from “voices from the inside,” participants will write into the fullness of themselves by considering their very own lives in conversation with the imminent threats that restrict their individual and collective freedoms. Readings will include poems by Reginald Dwayne Betts, Jimmy Santiago Baca, and more.
the series. will be hosted at Starr Bar, 214 Starr St. Brooklyn, NY 11237, every 3rd Tuesday of the month. Admission will vary.