"My clouds look like
Cotton balls splattered in grey and
Black paint. I am nothing like your
Hot fudge sundae."
— written by Vienne W. (4th grade)
Creative writing major and youth poetry teacher Allie Leach says that when you teach a child it's okay to express themselves through any kind of writing, chances are good they will continue that exploration on their own, letting words take them on a journey to places they've never dreamed of.
That concept is behind the University of Arizona Poetry Center's upcoming Young @ Art Festival, a day-long celebration of the freedom and excitement that young minds bring to the arts.
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The Young @ Art Festival will include food, and activities for all ages, with chalk artists, musicians, puppet shows, and a variety of word-inspired crafts and activities, including bookmaking and haiku improv designed to inspire youth minds. It culminates in a Youth SLAM for high school students kicked off by Patricia Smith, four-time individual National Slam Champion.
The event happens at the University of Arizona Poetry Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 30th.
Performances will include a Stories that Soar production based on writing by Poetry Joeys, and a Stories on Stage production of Byrd Baylor’s Desert Voices. Festival goers will also have a chance to contribute to Tucson’s longest poem.