Hip Hop finds its roots in the heart of oppressed communities, Hip Hop, a universal culture is comprised of traditions, art, artifacts, and practices that will define the resistance of global generations for years to come.
TruArtSpeaks cultivates literacy, leadership and social justice through the study & application of Spoken Word and Hip Hop culture.
TruArtSpeaks exists to counteract the dominant narrative by creating platforms for those rendered invisible to be heard, fostering the personal and social change required for equity.
We challenge the norm and strive for equity, inclusion and just practices in all of our work.
We foster safe spaces to discover, study, shape and share one’s voice in a community that will both nurture and challenge the content presented.
We provide short and long-term mentorship opportunities for young people to gain professional and artistic skills.
We Offer Fresh Programming
Be Heard Youth Poetry Slam Series
Harnessing the social and cultural power of slam poetry to create a platform through which young people's stories are validated and celebrated.
Remixing the traditional notion of an open mic by holding up not just the art, but the space (physical, social, spiritual, etc.) that the art creates.
Saint Paul Youth Poet Laureate
The program seeks to identify one Saint Paul poet between the ages of 16 and 24 to serve as the Saint Paul Youth Poet Laureate for a year.
Critical pedagogy facilitated by world-renowned practicing artists.
Flip the Script!: Youth Writing & Performance Conference /
Page. Stage. Engage. / Write to Be Heard / Beats, Battles, Bars /
Youth Advisory Board (YAB) / Literary Contests + More
Be Heard | Youth Poetry Slam Series
Over the course of the Be Heard poetry competition, 100 youth participate to be one of six to represent Minnesota at the 2017 International Youth Poetry Slam, Brave New Voices. Along the way, they will discover a community that lifts them up and gives them space to voice the uncertainty, joy, outrage, and wonder that comes from finding your place in the world.
I didn't begin as a poet...I stumbled into the Re-verb open mic presented by TruArtSpeaks, and now I'm part of the organization; I own it now I am a poet.Terrence ShambleyTruArtSpeaks Youth Advisory Board Member
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