BENEFITING: TEEN WRITERS AND ARTISTS PROJECT NFP
I have been working for T-WAAP for a couple years now, and in that short time have watched a tiny group grow into an organization that is building communities of youth around creative writing and performance throughout the west suburbs of Chicago. We have inspired young people to take leadership in starting their own poetry slam teams, open mics, and lit journals. We have seen them grow in confidence and skill as poets, rappers, performers, journalists, and comedians. We have watched in awe as they discover their voices and identities - but we have consciously created programming and environments that facilitate and encourage this. We have helped build the Louder Than A Bomb teen poetry festival (LTAB), brought out well over fifty artists from the Chicago area as features (and counting!), and extended important teaching models from Young Chicago Authors (YCA) to the far suburbs. It has been an exciting and difficult journey so far. I am committed to this project because I believe it has an important role to play not only in bridging gaps between the urban and suburban communities of the Chicago area, but in helping young people discover that their voices matter. Please give whatever you can to this campaign. Thank you!
The Teen Writers and Artists Project is a federally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring teenagers in the arts - including writing, spoken word, theater, visual arts, & music - in order to facilitate their self-expression and self-empowerment. To help young people hone their crafts we provide workshops, online networks, and one-on-one partnerships with professional artists. Through our many programs we seek to build communities of artists across boundaries of place, age, race, gender, culture, genre & form. We believe that art is universally humanizing and communicative, and thus, is an important tool for cultural and social change. We strive to foster communities in which young people may not only find their voices, but develop as whole persons - in mind, body, and spirit - in order to build future generations of natural leaders.
We have many events throughout the year, such as our weekly "West Suburban Wordplay" a workshop and open mic experience for teens (modeled after the Yound Chicago Authors program "Wordplay), Lit Lab 51, a multigenerational live literary "experiment" every other month, and artistic showcases throughout the year. Holding these events do cost money, which is why Teen Writers and Artists Project is hosting this Dance Marathon; to raise funds to keep the organization running and create more awesome events!
The mission of the marathon is (at least) threefold: we are raising funds for the organization, increasing the visibility of local artists (particularly dance groups), and showing youth that dance is a fun way to be healthy and active both in their personal lives and in the community!
We would love to see everyone's beautiful faces participating in this event!! T-WAAP SOCK-HOP!!!