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FREE Conference / Spoken Word Event

It’s All in You: Finding Home, Heart, Courage and Smarts
Voices Merging hosts a Self Development Conference through Spoken Word and Hip Hop

On April 11th and 12th, the University of Minnesota’s Voices Merging will host the 2nd Biennial Self Development Conference through Spoken Word in the U of MN’s Coffman Union.
Take advantage of this amazing opportunity for young artists!

Contact: Moira Pirsch - pirs0003@umn.edu - 608-772-2597

DETAILS after the jump

Registration Form HERE

On April 11th and 12th, the University of Minnesota’s Voices Merging will host the 2nd Biennial Self Development Conference through Spoken Word in the U of MN’s Coffman Union.
Take advantage of this amazing opportunity for young artists!

The conference, inspired by the Wizard of Oz and The Wiz, will include:
- “It’s All in You?, a spoken word theater production written and performed by members of Voices Merging.
- Speakers: Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Devin T. Robinson, and others.
- Workshops focusing on; Home: the history of the art of spoken word and hip hop, Heart: the content of our work, Courage: the performance aspect of expression and Smarts (Brain): what we can do using our words as a tool to change the world. Workshops will be lead by Professor Mahmoud El-Kati from Macalester College, Shá Cage from the MN Spoken Word Association, Kyle “El Guante? Myhre from Tru Ruts, and Rodney “October? Dixon from Spoken Word University.
- An Open Mic Open to the public on Friday, April 11th 8pm-10pm.
- Concert featuring local Artists
- An 18+ Party Saturday Night
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Who: Young People ages 12-25 Who are Interested in Exploring the Many Possibilities to Advance Oneself, Community and Expression through the art of Spoken Word
What: Voices Merging Presents It’s All in You: Finding Home, Heart, Courage and Smarts – Spoken Word Theater, Speakers, Workshops, Performance Showcase of Local Artists, Open Mic18+ Party
Where: April 11th in Moos Towers
The intersection of Union St SE and Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
April 12th - the University of MN’s Coffman Union
300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
When: April 11th 6pm-10pm Welcome and Open Mic, April 12th 11am-10pm, Workshops and Concert 10pm-1am 18+ Party
Why: Give Young People the Opportunity to Express themselves and Learn from One Another
Cost: FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC,
Register: Please pre-register by emailing onevoice@umn.edu or by mailing a completed registration form to Voices Merging, 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (available at www.myspace.com/voicesmerging1)

For More Info: www.myspace.com/voicesmerging1 email: onevoice@umn.edu
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About Voices Merging:
Voices Merging is a multicultural student group and a performance group dedicated to provide venues, workshops and comfortable atmosphere for performing artists. Starting in April 2002, Voices Merging has grown to be a driving force not only for young performance artists but has also continued a tradition of spoken word in Minnesota. Voices Merging is best known for its bi-weekly open mics on the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus located in Moos Tower. There has yet to be any student group on the University of Minnesota campus like us that brings lovers of poetry, dance, rap, acting, and music of all generations into one room and create such an expressive and exhilarating experience.

Conference Schedule:

Friday, April 11th, 2008
Opening Ceremony
6:00pm Doors Open, music and refreshments provided
7:00-7:25 Welcome Address from Voices Merging President/Orientation
7:30-8:30 VM Showcase (Short Play highlighting themes of conference)
8:30-10:00 Open Mic
• All events this evening are held in MOOS TOWER (Rm 2-530)

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

11:00 Late Registration Starts and Lunch Served
12:00 Welcome/Announcements
12:15 Marc Bamuthi Joseph- Opening Speaker
12:45 Lunch panel Starts (featuring workshop leaders)
1:35 Workshop Description and Orientation
1:50 Break
• Held in Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union

Workshops
2:00-2:45 1st Workshop
2:45-2:50 Break and transition to next workshop
2:50-3:35 2nd Workshop
3:35-3:40 Break
3:45-4:30 3rd Workshop
4:35-6:00 Break and Bag Making Activity
• Held in various locations TBA

Closing Ceremony and Dinner
6:00-7:00 Dinner Served
7:00-7:35 Closing Speaker- Devin T. Robertson
7:35-7:45 Presentation of Awards/Thank You Gifts
7:45-8:00 Closing Remarks
8:00-10:00 Performance Showcase (featuring local artists)
10:15-1:00 VM Land of OZ party
• Held in The Whole (Basement of Coffman Union)

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