Literary Arts

write face team

Category: Literary Arts
Genre: Creative Writing for Veterans with Trauma

Contact: scotthower@aol.com
https://www.writeface.org/

Age Range for Residencies: Adults, senior citizen veterans & their families

Special Groups: Writing workshops for Veterans/families of veterans

The Write face process helps attendees focus on clarifying and understanding their thoughts. Unwritten thoughts may be fleeting or chaotic; the written word can be reviewed and refined. As our writers rework their words to say exactly what they mean, they are able to observe and attend to their reactions to life’s challenges. Teaching artist, Scott Hower, a Vietnam veteran, experienced the stress of readjustment personally. He learned through his writing to manage those issues. Teaching artist Annie Ginder is a certified Journal To The Self instructor who has taught journaling and poetry courses to individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, as well as elementary school children.

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Genre: Poetry/Spoken Word/choreo-poems

Contact:
717-552-9298
EvitaColon@peak2MySoul.com

info@speak2mysoul.com
http://www.speak2mysoul.com/about

Age Range for Residencies: Grades 6-12, Adults

Speak to My Soul hosts events, creates productions and incorporates programs in the community that use the performing arts to empower, educate and elevate. We raise awareness of pressing issues in the community such as poverty, injustice, unemployment, education or lack thereof, etc. People of all ages and backgrounds have been inspired after our programs have spoken to their soul through empowering messages, presentations, acting, and spoken word. These features continue to speak across generations and socioeconomic statuses impacting and changing lives.

OBJECTIVES

  • Create art to evoke dialogue that will push people towards awareness and action
  • Stand as a platform and safe space for artists of color to create and showcase their work
  • Provide financial support and opportunities for artists of color
  • Incorporate programs and curriculum into schools that use the arts to assist with the progression of the community
  • Radiate love and positivity

Kemp


Genre: Theater arts/Spoken Word

Contact:

Amanda.kemp@fandm.edu
www.dramandakemp.com

Age Range for Residencies:

Artist’s Statement: Playwright and actor Amanda Kemp is passionate about history. “History isn’t what happened. History is the story we tell about what happened,” she says. A multiple year awardee of grants and awards from both the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Dr. Kemp researches African American history to create dramas that are informative and inspiring. Having earned her doctorate in Performance Studies, Dr. Kemp is adept at creating works that blend history and theater, and music. Her innovative workshop “From the Page to the Stage” encourages budding playwrights to use primary documents such as journals or newspaper articles to create scenes that show multiple points of view. Combining history and theater arts, her plays tackle subjects such as Benjamin Franklin and slavery; first African American poet Phillis Wheatley, the history of Chester, PA, and most recently the Emancipation Proclamation, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013. Always expanding herself as an artist, Dr. Kemp produced her first spoken word CD on Phillis Wheatley which includes dramatic readings of Wheatley’s poetry and letters, as well as African American spirituals. She enjoys working with students of various ages and assisting seniors in telling their stories.

scott hower

Category: Literary Arts
Genre: Poetry

Contact: scotthower@aol.com
https://www.writeface.org/

 

Age Range for Residencies: Adults, senior citizens

Special Groups: Writing workshops for Veterans/families of veterans

Artist’s Statement: My artistic philosophy is rooted in the teaching of my printmaking professor at Millersville University during the early 1980’s.  Robert Nelson had a lite motif that he reiterated in every session of every class that I attended with him. He would say, “Art is a professional term. Those of you who feel that your work belongs in a portfolio that is never shared should not refer to yourselves as artists.  You may be the most talented, creative person present but if you fail to share your work you are something less than an artist.” Perhaps it was the mantra like manner in which this idea was presented that made its meaning seem so true for me or maybe its truth was simply irrefutable in its meaning.  I accepted it and decided to pursue all my artistic endeavors with the idea in mind.

Since art must be shared, it follows that it is quintessentially a form of communication.  For me to consider my work successful it must communicate something emotional, intellectual, abstract, or at the very least something about the process required to produce it.  The only way to judge the success of any given work is to share it and then consider the response it receives from the viewer or listener. This line of thought makes it imperative for me to consider my audience prior to putting brush to canvas or pen to paper.  It becomes my job to convey what I feel must be said in a manner that my audience will be most able to understand and accept it. Dancers dance to share their joy in movement. Painters paint to share their understanding of color or line. Sculptors share their wonder of the realness of the 3 dimensional form.  Poets write to share their feelings/thoughts about the human condition. Art is self-expression. Expression is communication. Therefore, art is communication.

annie ginder

Category: Literary Arts
Genre: Journal to the Self therapeutic writing/ Poetry

Contact: scotthower@aol.com
https://www.writeface.org/

Age Range for Residencies: Adults, senior citizens

Special Groups: Writing workshops for Veterans/families of veterans

Artist’s Statement: Annie Ginder is a certified Journal To The Self instructor who has taught journaling and poetry courses to individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, as well as elementary school children.