Super-powered creative learning
English Language Arts (ELA) Component
The Superpower of Me project’s poetry/spoken word workshops and one-on-one zoom sessions make space for children’s self expression. By articulating in their own words their vision of themselves, it’s an act of imagination, liberation and strength. Creatively with these words, the power of language and the arts are combined to create an enhanced, yet casual learning experience. The workshop is a way to give each child a platform to directly voice their super power. All poems and writing created at the Dr. Ronald McNair Park workshops summer of 2022 will be displayed at The Youth Wing in the Brooklyn Public Library, Central location at Grand Army Plaza.
July 20, 6-7:30 pm Dr. Ronald McNair Park, Brooklyn
July 23, 2-3:30 pm Dr. Ronald McNair Park, Brooklyn
August 16, 6-7:30 pm Dr. Ronald McNair Park, Brooklyn
Limited capacity. To reserve your child a spot, REGISTER for either workshop by RSVPing with an email through our contact page (or send to firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell us how many children will be joining us. Parental or guardian accompaniment required for duration of the workshop.
My background in poetry (MFA, Columbia University) inspired me to combine this art with the photography to further engage with the children around what it means to be “super powered.”
Our first workshop was in October 2021, with multidisciplinary artist, educator, and organizer, Timothy Prolific Edwaujonte, leading the children in movement and inquiry around their super powers. After the workshop I worked with each child through zoom sessions to complete the poems that are now on display alongside each children’s portrait in the park.
The goal of the writing component is to give the children an opportunity to think about and articulate their super power in their own words.
Our first workshop was held at the Asser Levy Playground on October 2, 2021 at Brighton Beach.
ONE-ON-ONE POETRY ZOOM SESSIONS WITH PHOTOGRAPHER/POET KZ
Throughout the winter months of 2021/2022 I worked with many of our “super powers” to create a poem or prose poem/essay around what makes them powerful. Using their power of imagination, each child was able to express their own vision of who they are now and who they hope to be. These writings will be displayed alongside each of their portraits.
Full exhibit of portraits and poems now on view at the Dr. Ronald McNair Park, a NYC Park located along Eastern Parkway & Washington Avenue in Prospect Hts, Brooklyn. July 14-Sept 30, 2022.
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