Get set to Get Versed! InsideOut Literary Arts‘ annual showcase happens Thursday, May 23 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. In the program, amazing students of letters will perform original works on stage. The curtain goes up at 5:30 p.m.
The show has been hailed as one of the best ways to spend $5 in Detroit. The program takes place at the premier Detroit Film Theater inside the DIA.
The fast-paced show offers Metro Detroit a glimpse of the poetic, literary and artistic expression that happens each day as InsideOut writers-in-residence work show Detroit Public School students how to unleash their voices.
“We teach children to discover the beauty of their voices and to write a better world through their words,” Dr. Terry Blackhawk said. An award-winning poet and educator, Dr. Blackhawk founded iO in 1995 after years of working as a Detroit Public School teacher.
iO now serves more than 5,000 K-12 youth in over 30 schools per year, through a celebrated teaching model aligned with state standards in language arts education. iO creates a professionally printed literary journal for each school served.
Teens in Citywide Poets, iO’s after school poetry workshop, perform for local audiences in the thousands and travel across the US to meet and compete with other youth.
“By immersing students in the joy and power of poetry and literary self-expression, InsideOut inspires them to think broadly, create bravely and share their voices with the wider world,” Dr. Blackhawk said.
Tickets for the 2013 Get Versed arts showcase are available online: click here.