Saturday, June 30, 2018

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Where:

The Historic Belafonte TACOLCY Center, 6161 NW 9th Avenue, Miami, FL 33127 | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Several Highlights:

  • OUTDOOR YOGA
  • POETRY READINGS & CONVERSATIONS
  • LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCES
  • ARTIST INSTALLATIONS
  • GRASSROOTS VENDORS
  • THE PEOPLE’S STORE (FESTIVAL MERCH, BOOKS, VINYL)
  • DJ SETS BY KUMI, ARTHUR BAKER, RICH MEDINA
  • CHILDREN & YOUTH ACTIVITIES
  • INTRODUCING LITTLE LIBERTY

Media Contact:

J Thompson, MPA - Pricelessblack

Aja Monet- Smoke Signals Studio

(305) 707-2815

maroonpoetryfest@gmail.com

This event is FREE & OPEN to the Public

Saturday, June 30, 2018 --- MAROON POETRY FESTIVAL presented by Smoke Signals Studio, Community Justice Project, and the Dream Defenders features renowned Poets SONIA SANCHEZ, NTOZAKE SHANGE, THE LAST POETS, artist EMORY DOUGLAS in conversation with American rapper, VIC MENSA, and Chicago based American Soul Singer, JAMILA WOODS at The Historic Belafonte TACOLCY Center. The TACOLCY Center was established in Liberty City in 1966 amid racial and economic tensions as a “safe space” for youth to express themselves. MAROON POETRY FESTIVAL follows in that tradition as a liberatory space founded on truth-telling and community building. A central theme of this inaugural festival is a direct action solution, through intersections of poetic expression, to address the escalating incidence of gun violence impacting communities across the nation.

A 30 for 30 Social Media Campaign launched on June 1, 2018 to provide the historic cultural legacy and relevance of sovereign Maroon colonies, featured poets and artists, and Liberty City.

Who:

Maroon Poetry Festival is a product of the hard work of members of the first cohort of the Voices: Poetry for the People workshop series, a collaboration between poet and educator Aja Monet and Community Justice Project supported by a Knight  Foundation Arts Challenge grant and Dream Defenders.

Event sponsors include:

Community Justice Project, Dream Defenders, Belafonte Tacolcy Center, Knight Foundation, Alacran Foundation, The Betsy Hotel, Commissioner Keon Hardemon--City of Miami, Perez Art Museum

**Sponsorship opportunities, Please contact:

Maria Arellano (954) 646-5923 | latzeroculture@gmail.com

Afterwards:

Following MAROON POETRY FESTIVAL is The Backyard Jam at Smoke Signals Studio that will showcase local artists sharing their poetry, an open mic, portable bar with mixologist, live music and DJ set by RICH MEDINA and ARTHUR BAKER. MAROON POETRY FESTIVAL is expected to attract more than 2000 constituents over the course of the day from diverse backgrounds to heal the community through artistic expression in South Florida.

THE BACKYARD JAM AFTER PARTY feat DJ RICH MEDINA

Smoke Signals Studio | 9p.m. - 2 a.m.

RSVP @ Smokesignalsstudio@gmail.com

About:

BELAFONTE TACOLCY CENTER - formed in 1966 amid racial and economic tensions to give young people filled with frustration, ways to voice how their community could transform poverty and violence into positive change. Its founder, Frances Henderson, was a woman with great vision and energy, who began TACOLCY in a small wooden neighborhood house so youth would have a safe place to gather. She campaigned to enlist celebrities and politicians to help build up TACOLCY programs. Early supporters included Muhammad Ali, Jackie Gleason and Sidney Poitier. In December of 1967, entertainer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte made a generous donation that enabled TACOLCY to create and provide programs for youth. As a result the center was renamed the Belafonte TACOLCY Center. It’s mission is to equip youth and families with the fundamentals necessary to move their lives and social standards beyond the distressed nature of what they may encounter daily, through programs emphasizing continued education; technology; athletics; and the arts.

VOICES: POETRY FOR THE PEOPLE is a collaborative project based in a series of workshops led by poet Aja Monet. The workshops tackle the intractable issues of our day including gun violence in communities/schools, heteropatriarchy, and structural racism in the legal system by providing a space where those who find themselves silenced, stripped of their voice or ignored can reclaim their narratives in poetry. The sessions are facilitated in a way that does not reinforce victimhood but rather evokes power, as we seek to build a community of trust among workshop participants who engage with each other, not as “client” or “organizer,” but as fellow learners, writers, friends. The workshops give participants an outlet to tell the story of now, an opportunity to chronicle events central to their lives as they happen, and a space to take shelter in even as traumatic, unjust or disruptive events happen in their outside lives. Maroon Poetry Festival is the first of its fruits.

SMOKE SIGNALS STUDIO is a grassroots Arts space and Recording Studio located in Little Haiti. Miami. It was founded by poet and educator Aja Monet and community organizer Phillip Agnew, established as a true union of the arts and community. Smoke Signals believes that artists are the “gatekeepers to truth” and that music and the arts are essential tools for healing, expressing, imagining and transforming the pain and triumphs of people’s lives.

COMMUNITY JUSTICE PROJECT, INC. is a Miami-based group of community lawyers providing innovative legal and strategic support to social justice movements in South Florida

Established in 2012 in response to the unjust murder of 17-year old Trayvon Martin, DREAM DEFENDERS is a statewide grassroots organization based in communities across Florida. The Dream Defenders are diverse group of people who build power by organizing services, direct-action, and political-education programming for community civic engagement.

KNIGHT FOUNDATION is a national foundation with strong local roots, investing  in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. The Knight Foundation goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which they believe are essential for a healthy democracy.