Young at Art Festival

My clouds look like
Cotton balls splattered in grey and
Black paint. I am nothing like your
Hot fudge sundae.

—Vienne W., 4th grade

 

The Poetry Center will host the Young at Art Festival on April 30th. The community is invited to join in our day-long celebration of youth and the arts!

The Young at Art Festival will feature performances by youth in the Tucson community who participate in literary arts organizations throughout Tucson. These partners include Kore Press, Owl & Panther, Native Pride, TYPS, and many others. Join us for chalk artists, musicians, puppet shows, a variety of word inspired crafts and activities including bookmaking, a poetry slam, haiku improv, and food made by Blue Banjo Barbecue served all day long!

University of Arizona Poetry Center’s 2011 Young at Art Festival Schedule

Odeum Stage

10:00-11:00 Stories that Soar production of Poetry Center library patrons and Poetry Joeys participant poems and stories.

11:30-12:30 Puppets Among Us performs Irish Rover. In this olde world story, enjoy the shenanigans of leprechauns and mermaids. It’s a magical adventure of seafaring and song; with musical guest Haji Banjovi 

1:00-2:00 Stories that Soar production of Poetry Center library patrons and Poetry Joeys participant’s poems and stories.

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Chalk artists render improvised sketches based on youth poems and stories. (Poems and stories will be selected randomly. Any K-12 youth can enter their poem or story for a chance to be drawn in chalk).

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tucson Youth Poetry Slam Championship featuring a performance by Roger Bonair-Agard, hosted by Maya Asher & Logan Phillips. 

DJ Carl Hanni puts it all together. Surprise acrobat performances throughout.

Dorothy Rubel Room Stage

10:00 to 10:30 a.m. Kore Press Guerrilla Grrls read from recent work.

11:00 to 11:30 a.m. Tucson Indian Center’s Native Pride group reads from recent work. Their visual work will be on display in the Rubel Room throughout the day. 

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. University of Arizona’s Stories on Stage presents Byrd Baylor’s Desert Voices with a book signing by Byrd Baylor after the performance!

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Book signing with Byrd Baylor.

2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Performances by the Hopi Foundation’s Owl and Panther Project.

2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Performances by Word Journeys.

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mr. Tidy Paws and the Funtime Orange Band perform their own repertoire plus youth poems written collaboratively by Poetry Joeys participants and the Owl and Panther Project.

Children's Corner

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Rain Makes Applesauce and Other Funny Poems
Did you know that “Salmon slide down a hippo’s hide, and rain makes apple sauce?” You didn’t? Well that’s what it says in Rain Makes Applesauce, the Caldecott Honor Book with words by Julian Scheer and pictures by Marvin Bileck. Come hear University of Arizona teaching artists read this playful and colorful book of poetry for children. We will also share humorous poems by Jack Prelutsky, Karla Kuskin and Shel Silverstein. Anyone is welcome to attend, but this reading is geared particularly to children aged 4-6.

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Daniel Mendoza plays 2011 Corrido Contest winning work plus other well-loved corridos.

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Story time featuring Stories that Soar board books.

12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Daniel Mendoza plays 2011 Corrido Contest winning work plus other well-loved corridos.

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Story Time: Lewis Carroll and Edgar Allen Poe: “Jabberwocky” and “The Raven”
If you have heard the works of Lewis Carroll and Edgar Allen Poe once, then you probably have wanted to hear them again. Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” and Poe’s “The Raven” are arguably two of the best-known poems in the English language, and they are fun to hear out loud at any age. University of Arizona teaching artists will read these poems in the Children’s Corner, and you will be able to see and compare artistic interpretations of “Jabberwocky,” rendered by various artists. Anyone is welcome to attend but this reading is geared particularly to children aged 6-10.

1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Wendy Burk read's Byrd Baylor's "Hawk, I'm Your Brother" in Spanish.

2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Story time featuring Stories that Soar board books.

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. New ARTiculations Dance Improvisation. Speak a line of your original poem or story, or bring a poem or find one on the shelf to read to these amazing dancers. They will improvise movements while teetering above the library stacks. Open to youth K-12.

Garden

10:00 a.m. UA MFA poetry student, Jordan Young, will be reading selections from The Hedgehog, a classic children's book by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle). This reading will last approximately 5 minutes, and will be followed at some point in the day by the creation of a portrait of H.D. in chalk on the Poetry Center sidewalk.

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Storytelling with Jordan Hill

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Haiku Improv hosted by Sarah Kortemeier. Any middle school student (grades 5-8) may participate. Prizes awarded. All participants improvise! You know the form! You can do it.

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Gabrielle Pietrangelo of the Silver Thread Trio performs Poetry Joeys and Imaginative Writing Residency poems and stories.

1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Silver Thread Trio will be roaming and singing in the garden and the library.

2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Tucson Indian Center’s ArtsReach program reading. 

2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Silver Thread Trio will be roaming and singing in the garden and the library.

Gwenyth Scally renders a portrait of poet H.D. throughout the day. In addition to being a modernist poet, H.D. is also the author of the children's book, The Hedgehog.

Library

All Day Long: visual art and writing centered crafts

Poetry Origami

Origami is the ancient art of Japanese paper folding. Through imagination and skill, the origami artist can make birds or dogs or dancers or anything else appear out of nowhere. Perhaps poetry is also an art form that makes something appear out of nothing. Join teaching artists led by University of Arizona student Ash Friend as they teach you to use words and paper to bring the creatures in your imagination to life.

Spirals Of Creativity

From a string a curled strip of paper dangles in creative form. On this form are words that express the way you feel and the way you see. This is your creation. It glitters and glows. It gives life to your imagination. Come work with teaching artists led by University of Arizona student Amber Bailey as they help you turn your words and your thoughts into a Spiral Of Creativity.

World Of Words

Imagine that you could speak any language you wanted. Imagine that you could seek inspiration from poems written anywhere in the world. This fun activity station will let you pretend that you know what all words mean. Teaching artists led by University of Arizona student Jillian Andrews will help you create original poetry out of your imagined translation of writing from faraway places in the world.


Bind your own writing journal led by Drew Burk
 

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. New ARTiculations Dance Improvisation. Speak a line of your original poem or story, or bring a poem or find one on the shelf to read to these amazing dancers. They will improvise movements while teetering above the library stacks. Open to youth K-12.

Audio/Visual Room

Film screenings of Byrd Baylor films: Hawk, I am your Brother, The Way to Start a Day, and The Other Way to Listen; animated poetry films; 2011 Poetry Out Loud semi-finals competition, and other cool under-viewed, awe-inspiring, poetically inclined stuff.

Other Must-Sees and Dos

Watch Chalk Art
Contribute to Tucson’s Longest Poem
Eat Blue Banjo BBQ: Mesquite-grilled Tri Tip Steak Sandwiches, North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Hamburgers, Veggie Burgers, Hot Dog stand with lots of options, Fresh Made Lemonade, Cotton Candy.
Make tie dye t-shirt
Listen to DJ Carl Hanni

A Poem a Day:

The Poetry Center is joining in the celebration of National Poetry Month by highlighting youth voices in Southern Arizona. Posters of K-12 poems will appear in buses, local newspapers and on the radio throughout the month of April. Stay tuned for more information as April approaches!

You will be able to find poems on:

The Poetry Center Homepage

KXCI: A Poet's Moment A Poet's moment will air poems on Mondays at 8 PM, Wednesdays at 1 PM, Fridays at 2AM, and  Sundays at 2PM. Milo Ratner, from Sam Hughes Elementary, Zaza Karaim from St Michaels, Cerius Trumble from Owl and Panther, and Kore Press Grrl Michelle Ceballos will be featured throughout the month of April.

The Arizona Daily Star will feature poetry by Madison Biddle (runs 4/19, 4/25 in Business) and poetry by Izabel Kelso and Emberly Davis (runs 4/21, 4/28 Tucson & Region and 4/23, 4/26 in Sports).

Young at Art Festival Sponsors

A big thank you to: 

Every Voice in Action
Arizona Daily Star
The Pitt Family Foundation
Yvonne Morris and Maurynne Maxwell
The Friends of the Poetry Center
University of Arizona
College of Humanities


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