to be great
and say the right things
the flow of the paper to pen
from beginning to end
if you have something to say
just let the words play
let the pen dance
take a chance
that what you have to say
you can write what you feel
the words that you spill
are yours and yours alone
it’s no drill
just your life
so write what you know
what you’ve seen, what you’ve done
the words are yours
to drop like a drink to the floor
and as the glass shatters
with contents revealed
the people will listen
you’ll have their attention
and be thirsting for more
because what you have to say
can make the whole world stand still
don’t try to hide
behind a great wall of steel
The air that you’ve breathed
polluted or clear
is the current that cradled and carried you here
your words have meaning
power to heal
just write what is yours
from the heart
Keep it real.
This piece is dedicated to the incredible team of youth artists involved with the Irreducible Grace Foundation. Through the production, “Fostering Voice,” these youth are out to share their incredible stories of rising from life’s difficult circumstances and advocate for social change. Don’t miss your chance to see them in action.
Irreducible Grace Foundation, with grant funding by THE SAINT PAUL FOUNDATION, presents FOSTERING VOICE: THE VIDEO & BOOK PURPLE CARPET PREMIERE
Location: Park Square Theater, 20 West 7th Place, St. Paul, MN
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When: Sunday, November 15, 2015.
Live Performance & Screening: 6-7PM
Book Signing & General Public Reception: 7-8PM
An exciting evening of live performance and film by youth affected by the systems of foster care, homelessness, incarceration, and food insecurity. Twin Cities’ under-resourced youth and allies find a place on film through “Fostering Voice: The Video.” Based on the Irreducible Grace Foundation’s engaging performance-based workshops, The Video & Book are an exciting new medium through which youth voice is applied to effectively support vulnerable youth.
“Fostering Voice: The Video,” encourages reflection on social responsibility, systemic inequality, and traumatic resiliency through the lens of young adults. The artistic mediums of music, poetry, dance, and theater provoke consideration of systems that disenfranchise youth and ways community can support under-resourced young people on their path to life stability.
Established in 2012, the Irreducible Grace Foundation launched Fostering Voice in 2013 as a positive outlet and tool for healing and Voice for youth actors and viewers alike. To-date, Fostering Voice has interfaced with over twenty Twin Cities organizations, including Ramsey County, Roseville Middle School, and Laura Geoffries Academy. Targeted organizations for Fostering Voice include, but are not limited to, youth group homes, alternative schools, law enforcement, education, public health, and other civil services.
Filmmaker: ADDAM is a Creative Safarist passionate about digital storytelling & multi-media. An original Arts-Us Young Storyteller, He has collaborated with the Minneapolis Institute of Art, X-Games, Target Corp, will.iam, 4A’s, NEFF Headwear and Youthprise. He is currently a creative partner at PLOT gallery in Minneapolis. Director of Photography: Adam Jacobs
Reservations call 651-210-9635
All ages are welcome to attend. No one will be turned away based on ability to pay.
Join me in supporting this amazing group if you are able.