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Briana L 8th Grade

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Summit Dates: March 29th - April 2nd


Engage with Bay Area poets, authors, activists, and artists for a multicultural exploration of how the written and spoken word can liberate self-expression, start movements, and honor the community. Through a series of live sessions, you will interact with authors, educators, and performers. Whether you are a beginner or expert, fan or practitioner, you will be inspired by the interactive workshops, presentations, and engaging conversations.


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SPARC Poetry Workshops:


Spoken Word Poetry 101 Tuesday, March 30th from at 3pm - 4pm

An interview with Mike Taylor and Patrick Ohslund of Bay Area Creative . Learn more about the performance aspects of poetry and the Spoken Word community in the Bay Area. Gain an understanding of the history of this art form and why it is so important and powerful in times of conflict and joy. You'll learn more about poetry slams, the value of competition, the defining distinctions between written and performed poetry, and the physicality of Spoken Word. You'll pick up some tips and techniques on getting your words from the page to the stage.

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Poetry as a Team Sport. Tuesday, March 30th from at 4:30pm - 6pm

Learn from front-line poetry educators who help students write, share, and perform poetry. Learn how the process can transform youth by fostering both a sense of self and a sense of belonging. Join us for a lively discussion on teaching poetry in group settings to help students and young adults find their voices and overcome obstacles. This all-star panel features professionals from innovative, youth development non-profit organizations: America SCORES, SPARC poetry,, Youth Speaks.

Participants: Mike Taylor, Gabriel Cortez, Patrick Ohslund, Colin to introduce/moderate.


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Revisions Workshop:

Revisions: Spoken Word as Narrative Therapy. Wednesday, March 31st from @ 8:30am to 9:30am



Revisions is a therapeutic arts program designed by Bay Area Creative that seeks to heal, empower, and transform individuals dealing with extreme trauma. The program works with families, youth in detention, individuals in recovery and in abuse shelters. Hear how the activities and the process related to creating spoken word poetry can create a new narrative for those seeking to work through tragic events.

Participants: Jenna Robinson. Colin to provide introduction and help with audience q&a.


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Bay Area Creative Facilitators in Summit (left to right) Mike Taylor, Patrick Ohslund, Jenna Robinson









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Bay Area Creative programs, projects and staff adhere to an understanding of equity where systemic racism, cultural bias, colonialism and predatory capitalism have impacted BIPOC and low income communities by limiting and providing barriers to access of individual and cultural support in the form of: education, occupational advancement, mental health and political representation. We believe that systemic racism is motivated by cultural erasure where those who do not identify and align with white supremacy are taught to deny their culture and adopt the dominant culture.

Bay Area Creative commits to responding to these issues by providing a platform and tools for BIPOC and low income communities to announce individual and cultural strengths, to be heard within in public dialog, to celebrate their strengths and to affirm the challenges of living in colonial culture. 85% of those we serve hail from BIPOC and low income communities, 100% of our partnerships are with organizations that share this mission. Our board of directors is composed of 50% BIPOC individuals hailing from underserved communities. All but two of our staff hail from these same communities and two of our past students from these communities currently sit on our board of directors. We believe that in order to respond to systemic racism, the effects of colonialism and white supremacy we need a staff who hails from communities affected by these issues. All of our programs and projects serving these communities are offered at no cost to participants. Our outreach and development of new projects and programs are focused on serving this population.

Updated: Jan 4

Hey Creative Fam


We are launching our second Screen Slam Poetry Film Competition

This creative “stage” combines poetry and video skills.

How to enter:

Record, edit (optional), and post yourself saying an original poem on YouTube. Send in the link at BayAreaCreative.org or by email to sparcpoetry@gmail.com subject: Screen Slam

Prizes are awarded for entrees voted “best” filmed video, "best" written poem, and "most impacting" content.

If you have no experience editing videos, we still encourage you to submit a simple video of you saying your poem. This is still a poetry slam. YOUR WORDS ARE POWERFUL.

Ages: 4th - 12th grade (prizes awarded in different age groups)

Submissions Open Now - Jan 8th at 11:59pm

Submission view party and awards will be announced Thursday Dec 17th 6pm-7pm

Guidelines: Videos should be filmed in landscape orientation, and will be performed/shown to all ages audiences.

Length: Anywhere from 45 seconds to 3 min. No copyright protected music can be used (but if you find copyright free music that is fine!

Here are two of last spring’s winners!





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Mike Taylor

Director of SPARC Poetry

408 931 1042

www.SPARCPoetry.org

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Last Chance Slam

Friday May 21st 6pm - 9pm PST

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BAC Equity Statements

Our position on access, social justice, and equity

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Summer Screen Slam Poetry Club

Summer Workshops and Open Mics with youth across the country Tuesdays 2pm - 4pm 

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Summer Film Club

Create short films all summer long!

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