State of the Word, Sat. Dec. 3rd, 7 pm, Ingram Hall
On Saturday, December 3rd at 7:00pm, the Blair School of Music will welcome the 4th Annual State of the Word to Ingram Hall featuring the region’s top college, high school, and middle school poets and spoken word artists. Participating poets have received standing ovations in front of TEDxNashville, Leadership Nashville, and the Tennessee State Senate. They have performed at CMT, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Metropolitan Council, TPAC, and the Franklin Theatre. A performance from last year’s sell-out show of Sarratt Cinema was heard on WPLN earlier this year. Come witness this powerful art form and support the next generation of writers, thinkers, artists, and leaders.
The event is a collaboration between Vandy Spoken Word and Southern Word. Vandy Spoken Word is Vanderbilt’s spoken word group which promotes self-expression, challenges prejudices, and gives voice to diverse perspectives. Southern Word is a non-profit youth development organization building a culture of literacy through spoken word residencies, workshops, and shows.
The event is made possible through the generous support of the Blair School of Music, Commons at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt’s Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, the Vanderbilt Writing Studio, and the Curb Center for Arts, Enterprise, and Public Policy. Proceeds go to benefit Southern Word and the placement of poet mentors in Middle Tennessee’s public schools.
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