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Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam, July 19-22

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Youth Speaks, a world leader in youth development and spoken word performance, will host the 20th anniversary Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival from July 19- July 22.

The festival will host over 600 powerful young people, representing over 50 cities and organizations from around the world, while providing a global stage for today’s most outstanding young poets to address critical topics including immigration, social justice, police brutality, and women’s rights.

The festival’s theme, “Alive now, to see the river rupture,” comes from a poem written by a Brave New Voices’ alumni, Hieu Minh Nguyen. This theme captures the volatile time we are living in, one that feels at times on the verge of rupture, and places young people at the center of the most pressing conversations of our time.

“Over the past two decades, it’s been incredible to watch Youth Speaks grow from a room of 30 poets to a global festival with over 600 participants. In today’s tumultuous political climate, there is an increased urgency for these voices to be heard,” said Youth Speaks Founder and Executive Director James Kass.

“While many Americans are currently searching for greatness in the past, these future leaders are creating greatness for the future and the Brave New Voices festival is a platform for them to speak their truth and solidify the space they will inhabit years from now.”

Held over four days and across three Bay Area cities (Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco), Brave New Voices features slam poetry, workshops, educator training, town halls, and performance events with leading artists, all culminating at the Grand Slam Finals, held at the SF War Memorial Opera House (tickets are on sale).

The finals will be hosted by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, a renowned spoken word artist named as one of America’s Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences by Smithsonian Magazine.

Events include Queeriosity, featuring LQBTQI spoken word poets from around the world including Danez Smith, Vernon Keeve III, Kirya Traber, and Yosimar Reyes. The opening ceremonies feature Hieu Minh Nguyen and G Yamazawa. Additional performances will include Ghanaian artist, Jojo Abot at the Global is Local performance.

After 20 years of traveling the country, the festival will return home to its roots in San Francisco for this special anniversary. Artfully conceived by Youth Speaks after the inaugural Youth Poetry Slam in San Francisco, Brave New Voices is the first youth-centered poetry slam in the nation’s history and is one of the largest and most diverse annual spoken word events in the world.

Since 1997, the festival has grown as a cornerstone of Youth Speaks’ programming and represents youth from across the United States, Canada, Africa, the Polynesian Islands and Europe.

Founded in 1996, Youth Speaks is one of the world’s leading presenter of Spoken Word performance, education, and youth development programs. Youth Speaks has long championed a national and increasingly global movement of young people stepping proudly onto stages, declaring themselves present.

 

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MC Arts Gallery Opens During the Marin Open Studio

The Gallery and its website display the art of a number of Black artists which includes: TheArthur Wright, Lumumba Edwards, and Maalak Atkins. Zwanda and Mitchell Howard also display their art at the Gallery. 

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From top: Oshalla Marcus (director/curator, MC Arts & Culture) with Osiezhe’s drawings to the right of the photo, Zwanda, Mitchell Howard , ISOJI’s Art Is Health Band: Carlton Carey (drums), Mwanza Furaha, (vocals), Jack Prendergast (bass), Ricardo Moncrief (keyboard), James Moseley (guitar, vocal). Photos by Godfrey Lee.

The MC Arts Gallery, located on 100 Donahue St. in the Gateway Shopping Center in Marin City, is open during the Marin Open Studios, which took place on Saturday and Sunday, May 1 & 2. 

The Gallery and its website display the art of a number of Black artists which includes: The Arthur Wright, Lumumba Edwards, and Maalak Atkins. Zwanda and Mitchell Howard also display their art at the Gallery. 

Zwanda seeks to be creative as she expands her ideas as a sculptress and painter. She is inspired by the human figure and dancers and is fascinated with music and the instruments themselves. Her art is a way to express this love and to share it with others.

Mitchell Howard studied art at San Francisco State University and the Computer Arts Institute of San Francisco. He was an art director at Cummingham & Walsh in San Francisco and has displayed his paintings at the Hannah Gallery, worked on the Rocky Graham Park Mural and has taught art at the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy Elementary School.

“Art can bring people together and illustrate things that people can relate to,” Howard says. “Art can also be powerful in sending social messages to society. Art makes you think, it expands your horizons and makes you use your imagination. People may see different things in the same painting.”

Osiezhe, Shakira Gregory’s son, will be displaying his drawings at the Gallery.

The ISOJI’s Art Is Health Band played last Saturday afternoon with Mwanza Furaha as their guest vocalist.

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City Council Approves $480,000 in Arts Grants

The city made the announcement Tuesday about the grants, which will support 772 distinct arts events and activities that will expose more than 110,000 participants to cultural programming.

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The Oakland City Council approved $480,000 in grants to 17 Oakland-based non-profit organizations and 20 individual artists through the city’s Cultural Funding Program, Neighborhood Voices.

The city made the announcement Tuesday about the grants, which will support 772 distinct arts events and activities that will expose more than 110,000 participants to cultural programming.

The grant program seeks to bring Oaklanders together to create and support a sense of belonging within a community, to foster social connections that lift people’s spirits, to encourage community well-being and offer visions for a collective future, according to the announcement.

The following individual artists each won $7,000 Neighborhood Voices awards:

Frederick Alvarado; Karla Brundage; Cristina Carpio; Darren Lee Colston; Maria De La Rosa; Elizabeth D. Foggie; Rachel-Anne Palacios; Laurie Polster; Hasain Rasheed; Kweku Kumi Rauf; Carmen Roman; Michael Roosevelt; Fernando Santos; Teofanny Octavia Saragi; Kimberly Sims-Battiste; Cleavon Smith; Lena Sok; Babette Thomas; Ja Ronn Thompson; Joseph Warner.

Each of the following organizations received $20,000 Neighborhood Voices awards:

Asian Health Services for Banteay Srei;

Beats Rhymes and Life;

Chapter 510 INK;

Dancers Group for dNaga GIRL Project;

Dancers Group for Dohee Lee Puri Arts;

Dancers Group for Grown Women Dance Collective;

East Oakland Youth Development Center;

Higher Gliffs for Endangered Ideas;

Hip Hop for Change;

Junior Center of Art and Science;

Mycelium Youth Network;

Oakland Education Fund for Youth Beat;

Oakland Theater Project, Inc.;

Sarah Webster Fabio Center for Social Justice;

The Intersection for Alphabet Rockers;

Women’s Audio Mission;

Youth Radio/YR Media.

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Student Work – Nayzeth Vargas

There is freedom with the Zentangle; there is no expected visual outcome and students are less prone to creative blocks and self-criticism. 

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This piece was created by Nayzeth Vargas, a senior at Oakland Technical High School. The Zentangle Method is a therapeutic technique which uses combinations of contrasting patterns and values to create an image. Students were introduced to the Zentangle Method to offset the mental stress they were experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social isolation.  

There is freedom with the Zentangle; there is no expected visual outcome and students are less prone to creative blocks and self-criticism. 

Nayzeth is enrolled in the West Oakland Legacy and Leadership Project, an integrated arts program that supports youth in developing thoughtful, educated voices for their communities. Though art, youth practice mindfulness and boundless creativity. Enrollment for the West Oakland Legacy and Leadership Project is open to youth ages 13-18 through AHC, for more information visit ahc-oakland.org/legacy.

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