The Fountain City Slam is open to youth of all backgrounds as a safe house to use poetry as a means of self expression and exploration. Students have experienced the benefits of this auxiliary arts education in their intellectual, personal, and social development. Through weekly workshops, poetry slams, national/regional/local performance opportunities, and community service, we’re watching the future take shape one word at a time. The Fountain City Slam is embarking on yet another fun-filled and enriching year of self expression.
Our after school writing workshop offerings have expanded this year, having conducted monthly and bi-monthly workshops at Spencer High School, Northside High School, Kendrick High School, Shaw High School, and Lonnie Jackson Academy, St. Mary’s Road Magnet Academy, and Fort Middle School. We also engaged parents in the fun with special writing and performance workshops conducted during family reading nights at Martin Luther King Elementary, St. Mary’s Road Magnet Academy, and Lonnie Jackson Academy.
We also launched a monthly Arts, Crafts, & Community series, open to families across the FountainCity, where they bring in gently used items and repurpose them creatively while incorporating literacy in the fun. This is in addition to our weekly family-friendly open mic at Fountain City Coffee in downtown Columbus that encourages youth to express themselves through the creative arts. We have also volunteered our talents and time with the Muscogee County Juvenile Drug Court and Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, Inc. The response has been so great that we’ve been compiling works for our first ever anthology entitled Sticks & Stones. The Sticks & Stones anthology is a collection and celebration of the talented young people from all around Columbus – their poetry, artwork, and short stories.
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