Project V.O.I.C.E. Brings Spoken Word Poetry To Baylor School March 31-April 1

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sarah Kay, spoken word poet and founder of Project V.O.I.C.E. (Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression), will perform at Baylor chapel programs the morning of Monday, March 31, from 9:45.–10: 34 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m. She will hold workshops for students from 1:15-3:30 p.m., and Tuesday, April 1, from 8 a.m.–3:40 p.m.

Spoken word is a form of poetry created for performing rather than the written page, and has ties to storytelling, modern poetry, theatre, as well as jazz, blues, and folk music. It often contains references to current events and issues relevant to a contemporary audience. 

Ms. Kay is a traveling poet who began performing poetry at age 14, is a graduate of Brown University, and has performed at the United Nations, the Tribeca Film Festival, and the 2011 TED Conference. Videos of her performances have garnered thousands of views on Youtube, and she published her first book of poetry, B, last year. Project V.O.I.C.E. seeks to “combine performance, writing, and a supportive environment to inspire youth to recognize that their views are significant, valid, and necessary,” says Ms. Kay.

According to Mike Drew, head of Baylor’s Middle School, expression of thoughts and ideas is an important skill for students. “We feel this is a great venue for teaching 21st century skills. We want our students to be able to verbally express their ideas effectively and creatively, and this is an approach that we believe they will relate to and learn from.”

Project V.O.I.C.E. Schedule

Monday, March 31
Upper School Chapel – 9:45–10: 34 a.m.
Middle School Chapel – 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Sixth Grade Workshop – 1:15–2:15 p.m.
Freshman Workshop – 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 1
Seventh Grade Workshop – 8–9 a.m.
Eighth Grade Workshop – 9:15–10:15 a.m.
Sophomore Workshop – 10:45–11:45 a.m.
Junior Workshop – 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Senior Workshop – 2:40–3:40 p.m.

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