SATURDAY, DEC 10, 2016
The ninth annual State of the Word poetry showcase will feature Middle Tennessee's top college and high school writers, poets, emcees and spoken-word artists at 7 p.m. at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music. As part of the showcase, three Nashville young adults will perform in the hopes of being selected as the third Nashville Youth Poet Laureate. Proceeds from ticket sales go to benefit Southern Word and the placement of writing mentors in Tennessee public schools. “State of the Word presents an extraordinary example of a creative community, one that year after year inspires us to be our best selves. The young performers always amaze with their thoughts, creativity and ideas on how to make our community, schools and families better,” said Southern Word Board Chairman Anderson Williams. All State of the Word performers come from Southern Word’s programs, which are sponsored by the Nashville Public Library, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Memorial Foundation, Humanities Tennessee, Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Foundation, and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Dec. 10, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University
$10 general admission, $3 for students
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THURSDAY, OCT 12, 2017
New York City’s high school system is built on choice, but in reality many of the city’s low-income students of color are shut out of its top schools. Now, the city is trying to figure out how to give more students a fair shot — and in the process make schools more diverse. Chalkbeat NY has been following this story closely, and now we’re inviting people from across the system to join us in a conversation about what can be done to improve this process. Get your tickets here. Catch up with our reporters and connect with others who care about New York City schools at this solutions-oriented panel discussion and networking event. Your $17 ticket donation supports Chalkbeat, and drinks and appetizers are on us! (Two drink tickets for either beer or wine will be provided to guests over 21 years old.) Happy hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a panel discussion at 6:45 with additional time for mingling once the panel wraps. We look forward to seeing you there!
Oct. 12, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
114 West 47th Street 19th floor New York, NY 10036