Shout-out to Jasmine Mans for joining the RunDSM + Drake University family this week. We were challenged + moved. We will “read more,” and vow to “make other people’s problems as important as our own.” Please keep sharing your truth, Queen.
We are excited to announce our new format for Movement 515 workshops during the 2014-2015 school year. All spoken word poets will have the opportunity to meet twice weekly, Tuesdays at their home high school and Thursdays at the Des Moines Social Club! We’ve also added a new street art workshop led by Ms. Cassie Kendzora, allowing youth to “get free” and express artistically. All middle and high school youth in Des Moines Public Schools are welcome to attend. Join the movement today!
Once in a blue moon, there are moments in life where your heart skips a little beat and you have to pinch yourself to make sure you are living in reality. And yesterday, we had one of those moments. We are humbled to share that RunDSM was awarded a $70,000 grant from the United Way of Central Iowa to fund yearlong Movement 515 Spoken Word + Street Art programming for youth in Des Moines Public Schools. With this money, we will bring in national and local teaching artists, purchase equipment to establish a RunDSM student deejay and necessary supplies for our visual artists, fund workshop + venue space across our city so our youth can be fully immersed in artistic spaces, and create a summer spoken word + street art camp, hiring back former Movement 515 poets and artists to keep the magic alive. This funding comes as a result of our youth having the courage to use their powerful voices, speaking up and out about issues that matter. They will play an integral part in determining where and how this money is spent, and learn the importance of management and organization. Please continue supporting United Way and the beautiful young people of our city.
Today was the final day of Minorities on the Move. And wow, what a way to end. Thank you to our fierce teachers who gave us new chances to build, love, and grow each day. Thank you to our youth mentors for taking the knowledge you’ve gained and giving it to our incredible new young people. And most importantly, thank you to all of the youth who had the courage to show up each day. Your stories are important. YOU are important. We can’t wait to grow this movement, this family, even more next year. Much love!