Wednesday, November 25, 2015

FREE Poetry Workshops on 12/12 at DIA for Metro Detroit High School students - RSVP REQUIRED

Detroit Institute of Arts hosts FREE poetry workshops presented by InsideOut Literary Arts Project for tri-county high school students...

Students will write poetry inspired by museum’s “30 Americans” exhibition

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is hosting “See What I Say,” FREE poetry workshops presented by InsideOut Literary Arts Project for high school students in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties on Saturday, Dec. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. 

The workshops will guide students in writing original poetry inspired by works featured in the DIA’s “30 Americans” exhibition, a dynamic show of contemporary art by African American artists, on view through Jan. 18, 2016.

There will be two sessions featuring simultaneous workshops focusing on different artworks in the exhibition, followed by a performance workshop for budding spoken-word performers in Rivera Court. The day will conclude with a poetry performance by InsideOut Literary Arts Project poets inspired by “30 Americans.” The schedule is:

11:30 a.m.: Arrival and registration

Noon: Session 1
Workshop A: “Whore in the Church House” by Mark Bradford
Workshop B: “Exhibit A: Cardinal Francis Arinze” by Jeff Sonhouse

1:30 p.m.: Session 2
Workshop C: “Portraits of Quanika” by Mickalene Thomas and “Untitled” by Rodney McMillian
Workshop D: “Class of 2007” by Nina Chanel Abney

3:30 p.m.: Spoken word performance mini-workshop

4 p.m.: InsideOut Literary Arts Project “30 Americans” poetry performance

Though the workshops are FREE, reservations are required. To register, call 313.833.4005 or visit

Aspiring poets can also sample the talent of InsideOut Literary Arts poets on Noel Night, Saturday, Dec. 5, when members will perform original poetry inspired by “30 Americans” from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Detroit Public Library, located across Woodward Ave. from the DIA. The event is free and open to the public.

About InsideOut Literary Arts Project
InsideOut Literary Arts Project (iO) is a nationally recognized hub of creative opportunities for K–12 students in Detroit who are curious about exploring their worlds through the power of poetry. Since 1995, iO has helped to amplify the voices of thousands of students by dispatching established and emerging poets and writers into classrooms.

Museum Hours and Admission
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $12.50 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 62+, $6 for ages 6–17. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.


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