Today is Walk on Stilts Day! Stilts are posts, poles or pillars used to allow a person to stand at a higher space above ground. When you see performers walking on stilts, these poles are designed with steps for the feet to rest on or straps to attach to the legs for walking. It certainly takes agility and great balance to be able to walk on these poles. Dancers and performers in festivals, parades, circus acts or in the theater are some of those who have mastered the art of walking on stilts.
To promote literacy, the “Books about Town” project is bringing 50 unique BookBench sculptures to London, England. This is a collaboration between the National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art. BookBenches feature stories that are linked to London. The benches are based on a range of iconic books such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Peter Pan, 1984 and The Day of the Triffids. Until mid-September, visitors can follow literary trails in Greenwich, City of London, Riverside and Bloomsbury. The BookBenches will be auctioned to raise funds for the National Literacy Trust, to tackle illiteracy in deprived communities across the UK on October 7th.
Check out some of these spectacular benches designed to enhance literacy, in such a delightful, creative and artistic exhibition. Click here!
When looking at what it takes to win an Emmy or Oscar Award, actors and actresses know that they have to put their best performance foot forward and make sure it is of Emmy or Oscar caliber in order to be nominated. When competing with stellar performers, you are humbled if you are chosen to win one of these prestigious awards, as it takes your career to a totally different level.
Recently, the Governor of North Carolina appointed the state’s newest Poet Laureate, but it occurred amid a tremendous amount of controversy. Although many do not question the resume of NC Poet Laureate Valerie Macon, the proper protocol and procedure was completely ignored according to resources. The Executive Director of the North Carolina Writer’s Network, tastefully and objectively addressed the appointment that left more literary feathers ruffled than what Governor Pat McCrory probably anticipated. Click here to read more of what Ed Southern, NCWN Executive Director had to say!
Who would think kids would have so much fun creating poems by their design? The Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center set the stage for the “My Great Summer Vacation Adventure” Poetry Workshop for Kids. This was my first poetry workshop for kids, as well as for the center, and I believe that the children inspired me more that I tried to inspire them. They came to the table with excitement and an eagerness to create poetry. That energy took my enthusiasm to facilitate this workshop to a higher level.
To my surprise these youngsters, as young as the age of 5, knew what a Haiku, Free Verse, Acrostic, Rhyme and Limerick poem was! I was tickled pink to see that their young minds were open to new discoveries, as they crafted their poems to a summer theme. They learned the formal and abbreviated definition of what a poem is and how to use their 5 senses when crafting their poems. By incorporating theme, observation, imagery and emotion into the poems, they brought a visual presentation on where they went on vacation, where they are going on vacation or places they would like to go on vacation. Several wrote poems about going to the beach, visiting their grandparents or taking a Disney cruise, while others wrote about places they would like to visit such as Colombia, a rainforest or Madagascar. One young poet wrote about going around the world and related it to how her world encompassed many of the places she’s visited, including church.
Our young poets included: Isabella Fish, Kayla James, Tyler James, Tyler McCallister, Kyla McKenzie, Myles McKenzie, Tyler McKenzie, Jeremy Palma, Molly Roth, Natalie Wallace and Kaavya Washington.
Susan Didier, Indian Trail Community Development Specialist and I presented our young poets with a Certificate of Achievement and goodie bag. Over 50 people, including the 11 children attended this premier event and it turned out to be a great success. I felt a deep sense of gratification and humbleness, because these young people taught me so much about the human spirit and connection.
Without coercing them, I was floored as I watched each one of them interact with each other and helped each other out if they were stomped about a word to use or visuals to add to their collage. They each made a collage to complement their poems, which added the visual texture that helped to bring their poems alive! I am so proud of these young poets and grateful for their parents or grandparent’s willingness to sign them up to attend this workshop. I suppose I shouldn’t have been, but I was surprised to see that we had 5 boys to participate, when typically only girls participate in workshops or events like this. The diversity of this group was a monumental lesson for adults, because these youngsters worked together to produce some amazing poetry and complementary collage in a 2-hour workshop. Afterwards, they were served refreshments before their recitals began at 6:30pm. Needless to say, I truly enjoyed being the coordinator and facilitator of this amazing poetry event. Susan Didier and I will plan more poetry-related events for children and adults, to work in between the other art, music and literary events, that the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center hosts each week. To stay abreast of weekly activities you can email Susan Didier at SDidier@admin.indiantrail.org to be added to the email blasts and newsletters. Be sure to LIKE their Facebook page for additional events and announcements.
Following the children’s poetry open mic, adults were invited to share poetry of their own! While April commemorates National Poetry Month, we want to keep this genre alive and growing in our community throughout the year. With all of the other summer activities that kids are involved in during their vacation, I have to chalk this poetry workshop up as a delightful success. There will be more poetry special events coming soon! This is one voluntary effort that I truly enjoy! If you enjoy tea and poetry, follow the Tea & Poetry Book Club Facebook Page or Blog for other exciting news and opportunities. Cheers!
NC Poet Conducts Premier Complimentary Poetry Workshop for Kids
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PRLog (Press Release) - Jul. 9, 2014 - CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Saturday July 12, 2014 sets the stage for the premier poetry workshop for kids, held at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center, in Indian Trail, North Carolina. North Carolina poet, Kym Gordon Moore will lead My Great Summer Vacation Adventure Poetry Workshop, a FREE poetry workshop and reading designed especially for kids. Young aspiring poets from elementary school through 9th grade are invited to have their parents enroll them in this 1-day poetry workshop. Materials will be provided for each workshop attendee and complimentary refreshments will be served. Participants will read their poetry before an open mic audience, which will begin at 6:30pm.
Each month, Kym Gordon Moore moderates open mic poetry readings for adults at the Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center. These readings are scheduled for the second Saturday in each month. “This is the first time we are doing a poetry workshop and reading especially for children,” says Moore. “In the past, kids of all ages participated in our poetry readings, along with the adults. This time however, the workshop is followed by each young poet reading the poem they created in front of our regular open mic poetry supporters. The object of this project is to challenge the imagination and creativity of our young, aspiring poets. We will discuss and implement the construction of a themed poem and our youngsters will create a collage to use as a backdrop for their poem. Imagery always makes a poem visually stimulating. We are excited, the kids are excited and the parents/grandparents are proud.”
Upon completion of the workshop and reading, participants will receive a certificate of completion. For more information about signing up for the My Great Summer Vacation Adventure Poetry Workshop, contact Susan Didier, Indian Trail Community Development Specialist at 704-821-2541 or by email SDidier@admin.indiantrail.org for more details. Space is limited, so register interested youngsters as soon as possible. The Indian Trail Cultural Arts Center is located at 100 Navajo Trail, in Indian Trail, North Carolina. http://www.indiantrail.org/
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