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The Word: 4th Annual Citywide Youth Poetry Jams!

  • Neighborhood Music School 100 Audubon Street New Haven, CT, 06510 United States (map)

Join us for THE WORD--4th Annual Citywide Youth Poetry Jams--featuring student performances from dozens of New Haven high schools and middle schools!

Brought to you by The Institute Library, The Future Project, the Mayor's Community Arts Grants Program, The Carolyn Foundation, The New Alliance Foundation, New Haven Museum, and New Haven Public Schools...

This year’s high school poetry jam will showcase the original work of student poets from Wilbur Cross, High School in the Community, Hillhouse, New Haven Academy, Career and more, on Friday, April 29th, 2016 at 6 p.m. at Neighborhood Music School – 100 Audubon Street, New Haven.

This year’s middle school poetry jam will showcase the original work of student poets from Fair Haven, Columbus, Edgewood, Hill Central, King-Robinson and more, on Friday, May 6 at 6 p.m. at the New Haven Museum – 114 Whitney Avenue, New Haven.

Want to see the poets from last year? Visit: 2015 Citywide Youth Poetry Jam video.

Want to read more about last year's jam? Visit: “The Word Grows Up” by Lucy Gellman

The 2016 citywide youth poetry jams culminate multi-week spoken word residencies in New Haven schools by award-winning hip-hop poet, playwriter and educator Aaron Jafferis, writer, performer, and arts and culture curator Ifeanyi Awachie, and spoken word artist J-Sun.

THE WORD Citywide Youth Poetry Collective aims to close Connecticut's achievement gap in education and energize our city's youth through the power of poetic expression.