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Snaps for Spoken Word

  Our Spoken Word residencies are off to a great start. Our new spoken word artist, Christian Robinson, worked with more than 100 7th graders from Ms. Nefret Stringham’s Language Arts classes last week at Brooks Middle School. The 5-day residencies are planned to coincide with the students’ poetry unit and given them exposure to […]

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Gwendolyn Brooks Mosaic Unveiling

  On a beautiful fall evening that felt more like summer, about 50 people gathered at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School for the dedication of the Gwendolyn Brooks tribute mosaic. The 330-square-foot mosaic includes depictions of Brooks, Maya Angelou, Jane Addams, Malala Yousafzai and Michelle Obama, as well as hundreds of strategically placed tiles along two […]

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‘Respect the Mic’ event honors middle school student voice

Fifteen Oak Park middle schoolers shared their intimate and humorous perspectives on a range of subjects– school, friends, relationships, rejection, adult authority, political upheaval and gun violence–in a moving night of poetry performances for the culmination of OPEF’s Spoken Word program.  Families, teachers, and supporters packed the performance space for the 2nd Annual “Respect the Mic” Poetry Slam […]

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2017 Respect the Mic! Spoken Word clubs perform on April 25th at School of Rock

Join us on Tuesday, April 25th as Spoken Word club members from Gwendolyn Brooks and Percy Julian Middle Schools gather on stage to show off their poetry and writing skills. This stellar lineup of students will compete by performing original individual poems. The evening will also include bonus group piece performances and special guest performers and […]

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