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WORD POWER and SOCIAL CHANGE: A Conversation with Poets
February 25 at7:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
We invite you to watch I AM: A Spoken Word Story (38min, links below). Then join us on February 25th for an engaging conversation about the power of words!
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About this Event:
How can we harness the power of words and use artistic expression to tell our stories, shape our narratives, empower our communities, connect with one another and promote social change?
We welcome to the conversation up-and-coming poets from the film I AM: A Spoken Word Story and special guest – award-winning Poet Laureate and Arts Educator Jamaal Jackson Rogers (aka Just Jamaal The Poet) with host Shahzad Musaddiq.
About the film (38min, links below):
Four unique up-and-coming spoken word artists reclaim their narratives by collaborating on a powerful piece about identity beyond imposed societal perceptions and judgment.
FEATURING:(in order of appearance)
Abdul Karim Smith
a FILM by: bCMLI (Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute) and Snow Angel Films
in ASSOCIATION with ISSA (Islamic Social Services Association)
with FUNDING from Inspirit Foundation
About our special guest JAMAAL JACKSON ROGERS:
Jamaal Jackson Rogers is an award winning poet, arts educator, creative entrepreneur, and performance artist. As a poet, he was selected to be Ottawa’s first English Poet Laureate after 27 years in which the position had gone unfilled, while his career in arts education has earned him 2016’s Ontario Arts Educator Award. He has brought his practice to audiences locally and internationally and his defining moments are when he makes intimate connections with his participants during workshop exchanges and performance sets.
His topics range from emotional maturity to social justice, from parenting to the human condition, and has been highlighted in festivals, documentaries and educational institutions across the world. He resides in Ottawa, Canada, with his wife and six children, using the national capital region and his performance studio, THE ORIGIN ARTS & COMMUNITY CENTRE, as his launch pad to teach, mentor and advocate for the arts.
Event hosted by ISSA (Islamic Social Services Association) and Snow Angel Films from Winnipeg, Canada.
FILM TRAILER: (2min)
WATCH THE FILM! (38min)