|JVS Students are Inspired by Poetry|
May 20, 2015 -- JVS had a very unique opportunity to participate in a poetry writing residency through the Cleveland-based Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL).
|Resident Teaching Artist, Jimmy Woody from the CAL works with JVS students during the Open Mic event.|
Over the last several weeks, students met with Ali McClain, a spoken word poet/performance artist from the CAL for five sessions. During these sessions students experienced various types of poetry and explored storytelling and performance arts. They also wrote and performed original works.
The culminating activity was an Open Mic event. Students had the opportunity to see four different performance poets. Following their performances, the poets facilitated writing/performance-oriented workshops for the students. The day ended with the students performing their spoken word pieces for each other.
"Poetry is typically something that many of our students find difficult to access. By focusing on performance poetry, we are able to give students a new perspective on the genre and on their own abilities," stated JVS English Teacher Megan Champagne. "When students perform, their experience becomes visceral--something that they feel. And by working with artists in the field, poetry becomes a real way of life."
Almost 100 students had the opportunity to participate in the poetry residency, thanks to grants from both the Nord Family Foundation and the JVS School Endowment Fund. Most of the students were from the Transportation and Manufacturing Academies.
While poetry isn't necessarily something one thinks of when they think of the Lorain County JVS, (or career-technical education in general for that matter) English teacher Lauren Molnar felt the experience was very beneficial for the participants.