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Youth Movements in the Arts: Creating Space for Social Change and Healing

This sponsored event includes two separate but related events. First, an evening Vilm screening of Romeo Is Bleeding, an award-winning documentary Vilm that follows a grassroots youth arts collective in the San Francisco Bay Area known as RAW Talent (now the Music & Performing Arts division of the Ryse Center in Richmond, CA) as they prepare and perform an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The Vilm screening will be followed by a Q & A session with Donte Clark, author of the adapted play and main subject of the documentary, as well as Molly Raynor, the poet and educator who helped establish RAW Talent as a vehicle to mentor and guide Donte and the other members of RAW Talent in their artistic endeavors to affect social change.


The second event will be a panel discussion held on the SDSU campus, and will include discussion of methodologies in creating and sustaining youth movements in the arts. Members of the panel will include representatives from various organizations, including RAW Talent, and a collection of San Diego based Youth Arts Programs, including Poetic Youth. Poetic Youth looks to address the problem of unequal access to the arts in San Diego by providing free poetry and writing workshops to under-served youth communities. Founded in 2013, Poetic Youth has held arts workshops with the Monarch School, Hoover High School, the Hillcrest Youth Center, and other local organizations. Students from the Dept. of English & Comparative Literature as well as community members form the volunteer staff of the organization, and Poetic Youth is afViliated with an established literary journal, Poetry International. Poetic Youth participants have performed their work at SDSU annually since December 2014.

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Event Details:

Topic: Youth Movements in the Arts: Creating Space for Social Change and Healing


Panel Discussion: September 22, 2016, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Where: Conrad Prebys Student Union Pride Suite


Film Screening: Romeo is Bleeding

Date: September 22, 2016, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Where: Conrad Prebys Student Union Theater



Faculty Leaders: Amanda Fuller, M.F.A., Department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies /Division of Undergraduate Studies & Jenny Minniti-Shippey, M.F.A., Department of English & Comparative Literature


Event Speaker: Donte Clark

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