For the last two weeks, incoming 8th and 9th grade students in Des Moines Public Schools took part in Movement 515’s Urban Arts Camp! Students had the option of immersing themselves in spoken word poetry and performance or graffiti writing.
Special thanks to graduated poets Leah Waughtal, Bao Luong, Susan Stacy, and Ethan Anderson, and North High Senior Russhaun Johnson, for leading with love and sharing your poetic talents with the squad. Shout-out to local artists Asphate and Gage One for articulating your craft and establishing the first Movement 515 Writer’s Block crew!
“Poetry is a universal language.” Yesterday, East High poet mentors Kayla O’Connor and Kortny Williamson led writing workshops at Forest Avenue Library with 80 beautiful, bilingual young people from UANL, one of the largest universities in Mexico! We are thankful for the opportunity to hold space with such powerful young people. *snaps*
The first annual RunDSM Summer Fam Jam was a huge hit, with hundreds of youth and community members gathering to celebrate the artistry of the young people of Des Moines Public Schools. Huge shout-out to our resident photographer, Eduardo Arana, for capturing the magic of the event. Follow him in Instagram here!