BENEFITING: TEEN WRITERS AND ARTISTS PROJECT NFP
EVENT DATE: Jul 18, 2014
Alright! So you know I run a non-profit that mentors teens in the Arts. It is called Teen Writers and Artists Project of T-WAAP! for short.
If you spend much time with me, you know this organization has become INCREDIBLY active in the past couple of years. We went from putting on a couple of shows a year to hosting 3 writing workshops a month in 3 different communities. We host more than 40 young writers and performers from throughout the state of Illinois as well as nationally known writers as well at various events. AND we also run the West Suburban Regional competition for Louder Than a Bomb (the world's largest youth poetry festival). we also host a suburban "live lit" event called Lit Lab 51.
If you spend time with me, you KNOW I love what I do and the teens and mentoring artists that I work with. You also know that I have a number of really talented and driven young adults that make everything I do possible.
From venue rental, to paying features, to providing snacks at our writing workshops ... all of this has a monetary cost, but we like to provide as much as we can (which is most of it) to our teens free of charge. There are entry fees for the poetry slam regional and tickets for our touring artists like Buddy Wakefield, but right now the rest of our writing programming goes to our teens free of charge.
This is because of generous people who donate money to keep our programming happening. Would you please be one of those generous folks and make a donation to Teen Writers And Artists Project. Any amount would be awesome. We have a very generous donor who is offering to match every dollar we raise through the dance marathon with one of his own. This means every dollar you give is like giving $2.00.
Thanks in advance for wahtever you can do, there are a lot of teens who thank you too.
T-WAAP! MISSION STATEMENT:
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.