BENEFITING: TEEN WRITERS AND ARTISTS PROJECT NFP
EVENT DATE: Jul 18, 2014
Nothing has been more of a guiding force for me than poetry. It has been the North Star that has lit my path through numerous hardships in my life. Knowing everything the arform has done for me, nothing makes me happier than being a part of a group that enables me to inspire such guidance in others.
In the past year, Teen Writers and Artists Project as been a burgeoning hurricane of creative expression sweeping through the West Chicago Suburbs with a vivacious hunger. This past year alone we have expanded from one workshop a month to three. We've crafted an interactive, intergalatic, multifaceted variety show (Lit Lab 51) that melds scriped acting, improvisation, and performance poetry into a conicopia hilarious and heartwarming entertainment that grows and expands with every new show. We've hosted incredible showcases that have allowed everyone from middle schoolers to seniors, "I'm not really a poet"s to three time World Slam Champions to share their art with audiences that may not have known that they even existed. We've hosted massive Slam events, bringing hundreds of teens from all over the Chicagoland area to make friends and swap stories with best friends they wouldn't have ever dreamed of making a day prior.
Teen Writers and Artist Project is the organization that I wish I knew about in high school. The safe space we produce for our attendees enables them to have an outlet unlike any they could experience anywhere else, and the benefits of that are apparent with every meeting. I've watched them grow, learn, share, and challenge themselves in ways that I feel are essential, and I've lost count of how many times we've been thanked for simply beeing that experience they can find in their schools.
We've done a lot of amazing things in this past year, and the things we'll do in the future will greatly surpass that. Your donation will enable us to have bigger events, better materials for our students, more places we can travel to, and more artists for us to bring in to entertain, inpsire, and challenge our students. Teen Writers and Artsts is a hurricane that refuses to dissipate - bringing not destruction, but creation.