Speak Green at the Painted Bride Art Center

A collaboration with the Bride, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Philly Youth Poetry Movement (PYPM) and Philadelphia Urban Creators
June 7 – 11, 2011. This workshop series is for middle and highschool students.

This workshop series follows the Philadelphia premiere of Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s “Word Becomes Flesh”
Fri-Sat June 3 & 4 | 8pm
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Friday June 10th, 6pm – 10pm
Speak Green Open Mic and Poetry Slam hosted by Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Tickets $5

There will be an open mic and poetry slam in celebration of the “Speak Green” movement which was founded by residency artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph. This night will also feature a dynamic special performance entitled “Breathe-Body-Move” created by the Philly Youth Poetry Movement. A 20 minute excerpt performance by Actor/Workshop facilitator Dahlak Braithwaite. CLICK HERE to buy your ticket in advance.

Workshop schedule (contact Lisa Nelson-Haynes at lisa@paintedbride.org to register today. ALL WORKSHOPS ARE FREE)

Tues., June 7, 4pm – 6pm

What Are Words Worth?

The idea of this workshop is to discuss the importance and power of words. How much are words worth and if they are worth something, what is the value them? Are they worth something spiritually, mentally, emotional, and/or monetary. During the civil rights movement there were many ways of fighting the oppressors. One way that Martin Luther King chose was the non-violent route, which included sit-ins, marches, and last but not least speeches. M.L.K. delivered one of the most famous speeches of history at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. titled “I Have a Dream” in front of thousands. The speech discussed international unity and racial equality among other things. In the early 90’s Tupac Shakur created a song dedicated to his mother and mothers all over the world called “Dear Mama”. This song received airplay on every urban radio station and brought smiles to not only mothers, but also the children birthed by those same mothers. The words from “Dear Mama” were worth something emotionally, spiritually, and mentally. Participants will discover their language that governs their conversation controls the energy and attitudes around them.

“Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Facilitator: Greg Corbin

Crossing Lines

Participants will be asked a series of questions concerning class, identity, personal nutrition and home life. After each question students will be asked to step in a different direction depending on the answer. The difference in the placement/displacement of the students will show direct correlation between class, ethnicity, and food access.
They will then break to write their own thoughts to discuss later with the group.

Facilitator::  Jeaninne Kayembe

Weds., June 8

Visualizing Your Poetry

Effective writing involves being able to paint pictures with your words. Through multi-disciplinary exercises, students will learn how to create images with their words, and to create poetry from images, helping them to understand the importance of being descriptive, fluid and creative with their writing.

Facilitator: Sharvon P. Urbannavage, writer, photographer, videographer

Consensus community of practice solidarity

Students will be broken into 3 groups and each group will define consensus community of practice and solidarity then present back to the whole group their definition. The 3 groups will then break for discussion on how these  practices can create a functional community and if applied to self what will the out comes be.the students will apply these practices to create their own group poem. And will present the piece to the larger group

Facilitator:  Jeaninne Kayembe

Thurs., June 9


“Scars” (The stories of healing behind the wounds)

This workshop was created to increase self-healing, self-confidence, and self -awareness. Many times in life people have hidden hang-ups that serve as personal setbacks. Each one of these hang-ups can be considered a scar. On the body scars not only carry the identity of something that is healed or healing, but they also carry a certain memory that can be transposed into a complete story with a lesson plan for success. Attendees will identify their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual scars and gain knowledge on how those scars can help propel them to a higher level in life.

“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.” – Tori Amos

Facilitator: Greg Corbin


In one group through a series of rounds the students will be asked to describe  one negative and one positive attribute of their community. This will be written and displayed in ven diagram. After everyone has had a chance to speak we will take these attributes and see how one connects one to the other. This will hopefully spark conversation dealing on issues in their community and how they can change them.

Facilitator:  Jeaninne Kayembe

Sat., June 11

Pulling Weeds Put It to Work (location:  11th & York Sts.)

This is a hands on workshop where all the principles of consensus community of practice and solidarity will be utilized on the actual farm. Referring back to the previous workshop we will come to the conclusion of working together to pull the problem (weeds) from the root in order to really get rid of the problems in our community in order for us to grow. The students will be able to be a part of creation on different mediums

Facilitator:  Jeaninne Kayembe

This is a National Performance Network (NPN) Re-Creation Fund Project sponsored by La Pena in partnership with the painted Bride Art Center, Dance Place], Youth Speaks and NPN. This project has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius with additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Ford Foundation. For more information: www.npnweb.org.