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WRITE ON! Institute 2011

WRITE ON! Institute 2011

WRITE ON! Spoken Word + Hip Hop Institute 2011 presented by MN Spoken Word Association in partnership w/ the U of M’s Theater + Dance Dept. Two weekends: Fri May 20th – Sun May 22nd Fri June 10th – Sun June 12th 10:00 – 2:00pm Rarig Center (University of MN) 330 – 21st Avenue South [...]

In Da Tradition Institute Showcase

In Da Tradition Institute Showcase

Free Closing Night Peformance. All Ages • Friday • June 26th • 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Showcasing Teacher + Student Collaborations, along with special guests I Self Devine, e.g. bailey + Sha Cage, Chantz Erolin, Dancing Dave, the Quest for the Voice Youth Team and others. Coffman Union • The Whole • 300 Washington Avenue • University of MN. Presented by MN Spoken Word Association + the University of MN’s English Department

In Da Tradition Spoken Word + Hip Hop Institute ’09

In Da Tradition Spoken Word + Hip Hop Institute ’09

This is the second Spoken Word and Hip Hop Institute hosted by the MN Spoken Word Association (MNSWA) and the University of Minnesota’s English Department. This summit will bring together a number of distinguished Hip Hop and Spoken Word practitioners, scholars and poet-scholars from the Twin Cities and the Midwest. Highlights of the summit include networking, classes and workshops, a citywide performance showcase/finale, and open discourse around the practice, integration, and possibilities of spoken word poetics and hip hop in classes, research, community work, and curriculum.

Urban Griots Awards 2009: Nominees + Winners

Urban Griots Awards 2009: Nominees + Winners

After the participation of over 1000 people, including over 175 nomination ballots and over 30 judges in the spoken word and spoken word related communities in Minnesota and beyond, ranging from artists to organizers to promoters to press, and noted artists in the field, the winners of the 2009 Urban Griots Awards were announced at the Awards ceremony on April 3rd at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis. With an audience of over 300 artists and fans, including a number of noted groundbreakers in the community, the Awards show was a resounding success. Votes were cast from locales as distant as Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe, and many parts of the U.S., for 32 categories, with Peoples Awards and a Judges Awards being presented for each category, with the exception of the Hall of Fame categories, where there votes were combined to determine the inductees. In addition, a special Outstanding Contribution category was created and awarded to e.g. bailey, for all his work and efforts to create and organize the Urban Griots Award.

Voting for the Urban Griots Awards Now Open

Voting for the Urban Griots Awards Now Open

VOTING FOR THE URBAN GRIOTS AWARDS NOW OPEN NOMINEES AND VOTING BALLOT ANNOUNCED AWARD CEREMONY 3 APRIL 2009 @ VARSITY THEATER (MPLS) Quick Link to the Urban Griots Awards Voting Ballot: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/118841/urbangriotsawardsvoting Quick Link to the Urban Griots Awards Show at the Varsity: – Myspace: http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=60157230&blogId=480280 – Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/business/dashboard/?ref=sb#/event.php?eid=64617956274&ref=mf You may have heard the buzz [...]

Urban Griots Awards at Varsity Theater • April 3rd

Urban Griots Awards at Varsity Theater • April 3rd

An evening of historic recognition, noted nominees, awards, music and dance highlighting the magnitude of the celebrated Spoken Word community in the Twin Cities and beyond. Not to be missed performances by Twin Cities finest spoken word artists, bands, and DJs. The official 2009 National Poetry Month kick off, this evening is one of the most culturally diverse artistic gatherings held this year. A night to Celebrate and Remember!!

Singers of Daybreak + Carl Hancock Rux: Spoken Word Comes of Age

Singers of Daybreak + Carl Hancock Rux: Spoken Word Comes of Age

Through hip-hop, poetry and the many strands of oral traditions, have permeated pop culture. Minneapolis is ground zero for the first national symposium of spoken word performance, SINGERS OF DAYBREAK. The two-day conference is a whirlwind of dialogue, jams, workshops, video, and film showings, capped by an exhilarating evening of performances.

Singers of Daybreak 2001 featuring Carl Hancock Rux

Singers of Daybreak 2001 featuring Carl Hancock Rux

The art of spoken word is an ancient art form rooted in the oral tradition recognized in the griot tradition of Africa, the bardic tradition of Europe and the Middle East, the itinerant Tamil poets of India and the cantos singers of South America. Spoken word as it is practiced today is a rhythmically based performance of poetry that is steeped in influence of these traditions. Recognizing the rise of spoken word as an art form in the community in the last 10 years, the Minnesota Spoken Word Association presents the Twin Cities first symposium dedicated to the art of spoken word.