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STL Youth Poets Win It All at 2019 Brave New Voices in Vegas

STL Youth Poets Win It All at 2019 Brave New Voices in Vegas

The UrbArts Organization’s youth poetry slam team won first place at the 2019 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival on July 20, 2019. It’s the first time in history that a youth poetry slam team representing St. Louis has been crowned champion of the international poetry competition throughout its more than two decades…

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UrbArts on St. Louis Public Radio Podcast

UrbArts on St. Louis Public Radio Podcast

Last month, UrbArts founder MK Stallings & St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate Camryn Howe talked the “transformative power” of spoken word poetry and the fun of poetry slam on Cut Paste, a podcast hosted by Jeremy Goodwin. Stallings discussed slam and weekend competition to hit .Zack when Rustbelt hits St. Louis June 21st & 22nd….

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Marquette Youth Poets Sweep 2019 VerbQuake Finals

Marquette Youth Poets Sweep 2019 VerbQuake Finals

Sarah Abbas and her Marquette High School teammates, Ella Woods and Megha Sanjay, swept the VerbQuake 2019 Youth Poetry Slam finals winning the team and individual championships in March. Known as Beauty & the Beats within the St. Louis Youth Poetry Slam community, much of their fiery content revealed careful consideration of social identity as…

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Youth Poetry Final This Friday

Youth Poetry Final This Friday

After several months, youth poets from Illinois to Jefferson County will converge in Old North St. Louis this Friday at 6 for the VerbQuake Indie Championship. The winner of this competition will be named the Youth Poetry Slam Champion. The top 6 poets will form the UrbArts Youth Poetry Slam team and represent the region…

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Chajuana Trawick Platforming Young Fashion Designers

Chajuana Trawick Platforming Young Fashion Designers

Dr. Chajuana Trawick, board chair of UrbArts, has long been a fixture of STL’s fashion world. Last fall, Dr. Trawick was elevated to endowed chair in fashion and design at Lindenwood University all while selling out three fashion shows featuring high school and college students. Lindewood University recently, announced that graduating seniors will be able…

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Who’s Bouting at Rustbelt 2019 Part 1

Who’s Bouting at Rustbelt 2019 Part 1

Every year, over 50 poets from different cities register to compete at Rustbelt. That trend continues with 14 poets planning to participate as individuals and 9 teams registered. Since Rustbelt is a regional competition for the Midwest, poets from the region get priority placement in the tournament, while neighboring region will be officially registered by…

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Artist Statement: Journeys of the African Spirit

Artist Statement: Journeys of the African Spirit

by MwazaCarol I am a creator of things. I am one who asked to be manifested here to bring things into fruition, make them beautiful and tangible. It has taken me many years to recognize this but, once I did, it placed me firmly on my path and life opened up for me. I became…

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