Saturday, February 9th, is the first of a call to A.R.M.s.
Not of the military kind, but more of the creative wordplay and exchange that can come from the mouths and minds of our young people. With categories for young people ages 13-15 as well as 14-16, through the creative lens of poetry, middle and high school aged students from all over metro-Atlanta are able to engage in the constructive kinds of activity that are grounded in providing a platform for their artistic wares and talents.
Through Project A.R.M, the First Word Youth Poetry Slam competition is a way in which aspiring youth poets are able to showcase their skill sets. During the month of February and March, there are audition opportunities for young people to be selected for a final competition taking place later this spring.
On February 9th (from 4-6pm) and March 9th (6-8pm), young people ages 13-15 are invited and encouraged to participate in the auditions. For those ages 14-16, the audition dates are February 23rd (5-7pm) and March 23rd (4-6pm).
"Through this and other programs, we are focused on providing the financial, spiritual, and familial reconstruction of the African-American (and other) community (and communities) through the lens and platform of artistic expression", notes the foundation's founder, Christopher "Cocktails" Cornell.
Art in many ways, shapes, and forms, can be an imitation of life that. With an emphasis on encouraging, motivating, and inspiring more thoughtful and creative action and problem-solving through the engagement of young people, the First Word Youth Poetry Slam is merely one of many ways that Project A.R.M. is doing its part for providing a measure of uplift and empowerment.
Tomorrow is the first of many calls to A.R.M.