Poetry Therapy With Panama Soweto

Poetry is the world’s oldest and most common tool to fight depression, self-deprecation, and loathing. It’s the world’s single greatest healing device. Without Maya Angelou, Sonia Sanchez, and Langston Hughes, I may have never found my voice. I explore spoken word as a medicinal instrument and thrive artistically through use of therapeutic language. My spoken word addresses difficult issues through creative writing. I have toured the country as a successful spoken word artist and comedian and am proud to state that I have made a significant contribution to the genre. In 2006, I was part of Denver’s National Poetry Slam Championship team. In 2010, I coached Denver’s Minor Disturbance Poetry Slam Team, and our efforts were rewarded with a feature on HBO’s second season of Brave New Voices. In 2015 and 2017, I gave two very special performances at TEDXCSU. I was also named Diversity Artist of the Year by the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) for my work as a performance artist in the spoken word troupe The Dynamic Duo. Spoken word is very much a part of my artistic Battery.

 

My desired outcome is to open a door to a healthier state of being through use of art as a therapeutic service. I dare to challenge your ideas about bullying, single parenthood, sexual abuse, self-advocacy, and discrimination through use of spoken word, hip-hop, and visual art. For the past 4 years I have run performance workshops at Denver Comic Con. The workshops are entitled, “So you want to write Nerd Poetry?” I love creating and feel lost without art in my day.

Discover WE STILL LIVE: Self Identity, Poetry and DNA

This session should particularly benefit educators, students, artists and diverse populations by exploring self identity through art, community outreach and genealogy. Our community based project examined the effects of exploring genetic heritage, oral traditions, cultural celebrations, art, and collective creativity. We offered a positive alternative to youth, ages 14-21, with a negative history within the criminal justice system through our living anthropological project. This project on going project allows our youth to identify themselves as they see each other, explore their heritage to better understand where they come from, and encouraged them to forge their own paths to ensure a successful future. This project provided a detailed map to engage youth with cultural competency and community engagement. It also provides a framework to work with artists and apply Socially Engaged Art (SEA) practices in the classroom and beyond.

Self-reflection/cultural education in this project was key to providing us with our desired results. Using a survey created by the National Research Center for the Alliance for Creative Youth Development of which Arts Street is a member.  We collected the following data from the 48 youth we served:

78% said… I Feel that I can make more of a difference

78% said… I learned I can do things I didn’t think I could do before

71% said… I Feel better about my future

80% said… I Feel I am better at handling whatever comes my way

87% said that…Coming to Arts Street has helped them Know more about people of other cultures, races or ethnic groups

82% said that…They care more about young people of other cultures, races, or ethnic groups

Bring positive results to YOUR campus community with Panama Soweto!

For more information about Panama Soweto and His Program offerings, Visit: http://metropolismanagement.com/portfolio/panama-soweto/

For see more from Panama! http://metropolismanagement.com/ted-talk-tuesday-with-panama-soweto/

See all of our Spoken Word Artists http://metropolismanagement.com/talent-cat/spoken-word/

 

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