South Pomfret, Vermont
802-457-3500
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Spoken Word

Speak up, Speak out! Whether you're an accomplished writer, a hip-hop connoisseur, or someone who has never even rhymed before, this class is for you.

Speak up, Speak out! Whether you're an accomplished writer, a hip-hop connoisseur, or someone who has never even rhymed before, this class is for you. Slam poetry is an egalitarian art form where everyone has a voice, and every voice has a microphone. It is a style of poetry that has broken free from rigid structure, giving artists an opportunity to express themselves freely. Slam poetry circles have always been a vehicle for a number of social justice movements, affirming the experiences of POC and LGBTQ individuals.

This program is offered in collaboration with Creative Lives. Using Ellen Tadd’s Framework for Wise Education, we'll be using meditation techniques to tap into our focus, find our inspiration, and affirm our inherent worth. As participants learn the basics of meditation and slam poetry, we'll be accessing our power and expression from the inside-out, bringing our whole selves to the page.

Creative Lives helps young people thrive, develop their character and reach their potential as adults—through a holistic approach to education based on the work of author Ellen Tadd. Creative Lives programs parent and teacher training regionally and nationally, and directs programming for youth in the Upper Valley Region of VT and NH. For more information about Creative Lives and Ellen Tadd’s Framework for Wise Education, please visit https://www.creativelives.org/

Tatum Barnes is the Director of Youth Programs at Creative Lives. He received a fellowship to help create a character and life skills education curriculum for elementary school students and teachers based on Ellen Tadd’s Framework for Wise Education.  In addition, Tatum leads enrichment programming for youth and spearheads Creative Lives’ partnership with the Hartford Recreation Department’s Summer Camp Ventures. Tatum will also help supervise Creative Lives’ emerging Youth Fellowship Program which supports Upper Valley teenagers in creating and delivering framework-based enrichment for youth.

A New Yorker by birth and New Englander by temperament, Tatum has been a youth worker and teacher for the past 10 years through classroom and out-of-school teaching, tutoring, mentoring, and meditation facilitation. As part of his experience, Tatum has helped youth develop their character, gain social-emotional skills, and consider their responsibilities to themselves, others, and the natural world.

Recently, he received his Masters in the Psychology of Education with a concentration in Spirituality from Teachers College at Columbia University. Tatum is excited to be in Vermont to further immerse himself in nature, share his passion for holistic and contemplative education, and empower the youth of the Upper Valley.