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Hella Poetry: A Benefit for Brave New Voices

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Hella Poetry: A Benefit for Brave New Voices, produced with support from City Arts & Lectures features distinguished Alumni of Brave New Voices including Shannon Matesky, Dahlak Brathwaite, George Watsky, Carvens Lissaint, Janae Johnson, Michelle “Mush” Lee, Jose Vadi, Gretchen Carvajal, Sarah O’Neal, EJ Walls, Natasha Huey, Gabriel Cortez, the youth poets of the Bay Area BNV Team and DJ’s Dion Decibels & Trey Amos. Brave New Voices Festival Directors, Brandon Santiago and Tish Jones will serve as the evening’s Emcees.

On Monday, May 6th, supporters, friends, family, fans, community partners, and more are invited to show their support for the work of Youth Speaks and Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival at San Francisco’s Sydney Goldstein Theater. “Hella Poetry” is all ages and wheelchair accessible.

The work of Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival is to center the voice of young people while creating a national movement of Spoken Word based programs that represent changing demographics of our country, youth development, literacy and a cutting edge approach to arts education. With the support of Youth Speaks, Brave New Voices creates opportunities to build stronger local infrastructures and hosts hundreds of young poets and their mentors from across the country and the world.

The festival, which has graced cities such as Baltimore, Washington DC, New York, Philadelphia and more will be hosted by Las Vegas in July 2019, welcoming over 500 youth from more than 50 parts of the country for high-profile arts education and the most compelling youth slam poetry.

With recognition as a vital launching pad for young artists, The Brave New Voices Festival has been home to the career beginnings of literary heavy hitters like Danez Smith, Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Chinaka Hodge, and more and has earned major support over the years from The MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mellon Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, and more.

Would you like to support BNV beyond a ticket to the show? You can support in even more ways! There are many different aspects to Brave New Voices and we are offering benefit packages to support each piece listed below! For the benefit performance, we will also be offering 10-40 free tickets to youth for each $750+ Tier package purchased. Donations also welcome via Venmo @youthspeaks.

$75 - Show Your Support for BNV
$750 - Support a Workshop - We offer a day of free workshops to every participant at BNV.
$1500 – Support a Classroom - Each workshop requires a venue! We use over 50 venues for varying events during BNV!
$3000 – Support a Slam - Every year youth from around the world come to compete to be named Brave New Voices Champion. Let's give them a memorable experience!

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