This years first place winning Middle and High School playwrights revise their writing at the New Voices Dramatury Day in September 2019.
Photos: Jana Williams
The literary arts in Philadelphia has been bolstered by the many famous writers who have lived and produced timeless pieces of literature in this city. Our city’s literary tradition continues today thanks to our local organizations that support Philadelphia’s emerging writers. The City of Philadelphia will recognize this by proclaiming the week of May 12-18, 2019 as Literary Arts Week in Philadelphia.
Join us in celebrating Literary Arts Week in Philadelphia by recognizing the Rittenhouse Writers Group, Mighty Writers, Philadelphia Young Playwrights and Blue Stoop – Philadelphia organizations supporting local emerging writers. Festivities will include a reception, a poetry reading by a special guest, and the opening of Visual Democracy, an Art in City Hall exhibit that celebrates the connection between the literary and visual arts as part of Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy.
Howlround: How to Model a Healthier Professional Culture That Benefits Marginalized Artists and Administrators
Philadelphia Young Playwrights Teaching Artist Apprentice Carl(os) Roa wrote a great article that has been published on Howlround about professional culture in arts organizations.
Read it here!
By: Sabriaya Shipley with Myla Baxter, Madison Coleman, and Taylor Townsend
Our cohort recreated some of the images we discovered during our Ile Ife archiving at the Charles Blockson Collection.
Our first cohort writing assignment was a poetic or lyrical reflection on one of the images found in the Ile Ife archive. Our final performance piece will feature a poem we found written by Arthur Hall, one of the founders of Ile Ife, to the Ile Ife African American Dance Assemble.
Madison chose an action shot for her reflection -
While for Taylor there was an importance to collage all the photos together into one art piece!
It has been nothing short of amazing and awe inspiring to watch their many growths and discoveries along this journey. They have really captured the Colored Girl in Germantown’s Ile Ife and in addition so many beautiful parts of themselves. As a Teaching Artist, there is nothing cooler than baring witness to young artist start their journey. As a Black Woman, it is healing to witness young Black girls stepping into themselves with such confidence!