BENEFITING: TEEN WRITERS AND ARTISTS PROJECT NFP
EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2014
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, Lit Lab 51, a multigenerational live literary "experiment" every other month, and artistic showcases throughout the year. We also host one event that we hold very close to our hearts, Slammin the Sun Down. Slammin' the Sun Down is the Far West Suburban Regional Poetry Slam (part of Louder Than A Bomb), bringing teens in teams and as individual voices together for writing workshops, bonding, and serious competition.
This event is one of our biggest connections to our community and we strive to build and strengthen it each year.
The mission behind our participation is two-fold. We need to raise funds for our community events (specifically Slammin' the Sun Down) in order to get our teen's voices heard. We also need to increase visibility of Teen Writers and Artists Project.
Our goal is to raise $2,000. We are also very grateful to the Driehaus Foundation, which will be matching each donation dollar for dollar - so every single dollar donated is worth two!
Teen Writers and Artists Project appreciates every member of our community and network and thank you for this opportunity to continue our programs and keep staying connected.