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Save The Date + Call For Entries: Drop The Mic Poetry Slam 8/18

The National Civil Rights Museum is inviting young poets and spoken word artists nationwide to compete in the fifth year of Drop the Mic Poetry Slam. This year the theme for the competition is, “Freedom Forward”, addressing solutions for today’s injustices.

There is also a call for poetry/spoken word workshop facilitators for the Symposium on August 17th. The competition will be held August 18, 2018.

Drop the Mic Poetry Slam and Symposium was created for artists to use their art for activism by bringing to light important issues and including the community in a dialogue for change. The previous year the theme focused on the critical issues Dr. King focused on working in his final years of life. This year, the theme focuses on presenting what true freedom is in light of those events.

The two-day event will allow the artists to strengthen their craft in an encouraging environment. The Symposium will place forward a forum that will help create solutions for critical issues. The program will allow the creatives to be surrounded by other distinct and renowned artists.

Cash Prizes include:

  • First Place: $1,500
  • Second Place: $1,000
  • Third Place: $750

Submissions must be original works addressing the topic “Freedom Forward”. Each artist must submit a Youtube or Vimeo video link in their entry form. Videos should be 2.5 minutes or less. Anything longer will be disqualified. All videos must be submitted by Tuesday, July 13, 2018.

For more information and to apply go here.

Workshops will be presented by facilitators who have worked with the artists to enhance and develop necessary skills to compete, perform and publish their work. To become a facilitator, submit proposals with an overview of the workshop you will be holding. Include objectives, format, materials and engagement activities. Collaborators with social activism and arts advocacy organizations are highly encouraged. Facilitators will receive a $500 stipend.

Workshop proposal forms must be submitted by Monday, June 29, 2018.  Those selected to be facilitators must submit digital workshop plans, presentation and handouts at least two weeks in advance. Both the Symposium on August 17th and the Slam on August 18th are free and open to the public.

Go here for more info and to apply.