Santa Fe Art Institute teaching artists Lisa Donahue, Rachel Miller-Howard and Shayla Patton spent six weeks with Mr. Slakey’s 7th grade English class at DeVargas Middle School. The students were exposed to different types of poetry through reading and listening to spoken word presentations Students were encouraged to do their own writing through free writing sessions and various writing exercises. At the end of the six-week workshop each student was invited to participate in a performance of their poetry. A chapbook of the poems was created and distributed to the kids, and this video was made.
Youth at DeVargas Middle School rapping about respect at an SFAI/DeVargas Hip Hop Celebration. The rap was created with SFAI teaching artists, and Guadalupe Vargas (SFAI teaching artist) was the MC for this event in May 2011.