Free Youth Programming for 10th Annual Belfast Poetry Festival offered by Belfast Free Library and Waterfall Arts
On Saturday, October 18th, The Belfast Free Library and Waterfall Arts, with support from the Maine Community Foundation, are pursuing their mission of community education by offering free youth programming during the expanded 10th annual Belfast Poetry Festival, including free workshops, a performance and group composition session with Tina ‘TLove’ Smith of the Poet Rising slam collective in Portland, and appearances and a workshop by Chicago youth mentor, slam poet, rapper, and activist Adam Gottlieb.
Thanks to a grant from the Maine Community Foundation, all of the educational programming at the 10th Annual Belfast Poetry Festival on Saturday, October 18th, will be offered free of charge to college and high school students. Educational offerings include seven hands-on workshops and one panel discussion, with topics ranging from writing and performance to community building and the political imagination. Workshops will take place at the Belfast Free Library and at Waterfall Arts; see www.belfastpoetry.com for registration information, full schedule, and room locations.
Tina ‘TLove’ Smith of Portland will present “Poetry Revolution.” Of the workshop, TLove writes, the lively session is “designed to allow the poetry muse to move through participants by engaging each in interactive and expressive writing and body language prompts and exercises to awaken the emotive poetic spirit. We will combine individual and collaborative writing and performance techniques to help increase each participant’s vault of prowess for thriving as a poetry performance artist.” Waterfall Arts will be offering this workshop in the Fallout Shelter, 256 High Street in Belfast, from 1 to 3 PM.
Celebrity guest poet Adam Gottlieb, is a Chicago slam poet, a rapper with The Eyedealists, an activist, and a star of Louder than a Bomb, an award winning documentary following slam teams in the Chicago school system. Gottlieb will present the writing workshop “Imagining a Future Utopia,” a guided workshop in the creative expression of the political imagination. Attendants will brainstorm, read, listen and finally write (and optionally, share) a poem, a rap, or song that expresses your sense of the present and the future, using irony to expose social injustice and ask the question, “what would a world with (poetic) justice look like?” Gottlieb’s workshop will be held at the Auditorium of the Hutchinson Center, Route 3/Belmont Avenue in Belfast, at 3:30 PM.
The 2014 Belfast Poetry Festival will also feature a Friday night of poetry and performance arts, a Saturday night multimedia presentation of poetry and visual art, a gallery hunt, and a lively open mic. Free youth programming for the 10th annual festival is made possible by a grant from the Maine Community Foundation and support from the City of Belfast, Front Street Shipyard, Bangor Savings Bank, and support from WERU. For more information, see www.belfastlibrary.org, www.waterfallarts.org, www.belfastpoetry.com, or www.facebook.com/