I had the opportunity last month to attend the most amazing event, actually it was two events held by the same entities on the same day. The people at Dewmore Baltimore teamed up with Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and put on two spectacular events. It was a big day for Me and My son personally because My son was being honored at one of the events.
We attended the LTAB ( Louder Than A Bomb) finals for middle and high school before attending a book release event that My son was taking part in. The LTAB was amazing, I’ve written about Dewmore Baltimore before, this local group of poets give these kids a way to express themselves unlike I’ve ever heard from minds and hearts so young.
These children write their own poems and perform them with meticulous execution. Some of the teens brought tears to my eyes in telling their life stories through their writing.
I had shared a few videos from that day below and more are available on youtube. If you go through My videos you will find even more youth poets.
The middle school and high school LTAB events were separated by a book release event called Baltimore Art Rising.
Baltimore Art Rising is a poetry anthology put together jointly by MICA and Dewmore Baltimore featuring the poetry of youth under the age of 18. My own son was one of those youth represented in Baltimore Art Rising and we were so excited to be a part of it.
The set up was really nice plus they set out a beautiful spread of appetizers and snacks. Each student who had a poem published in the anthology also had their poem turned into visual art and it was hung gallery style at MICA. The young poets had their poems turned into visual art and also received a copy that visual version of their poem framed.
One of the young women I recently introduced you to through the site was also one of the featured youth poets. You guys remember Mecca right? She was a judge for the high school LTAB finals as well.
It was so wonderful to watch the kids all lit up and beaming with pride as they walked up to accept their visual poems. I was such a proud parent. Spending the day with My son and kids his age while listening to them speak about such adult topics was eye opening. We’d like to fool ourselves into thinking they are children like we were, but they aren’t. The world they are growing up in is so different than anything we experienced at their ages and they have to stories to back it up.
Want to see more pics from the events? Check out the gallery below and remember for more videos check this link. Click a Photo to make it bigger.