Rise Up Winston-Salem, Poetry Workshop

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February 2009

SECCA partnered with the Winston-Salem Gateway YWCA to launch the Inside Out Classroom in February 2009. During this inaugural month-long class, over 24 students from the YWCA created spoken word poems inspired by artist Charlie Brouwer’s installation Rise Up Winston-Salem. These poems drew upon the students’ personal stories of hope and aspiration, and were recited by the students during a Community Day event held at Old Salem. Renowned spoken word poet and hip-hop artist Dasan Ahanu led the class, and the recital was recorded and made available as a podcast on SECCA’s Web site and on YouTube.