from workshops to coordinating community initiatives...
(photo) Jacinta speaks to a group of artists and community leaders preparing for the Winston-Salem Community Innovation Lab.
Building Common Ground/LV Reception
Community Innovation Lab EMC Arts, in partnership with the Kenan Institute for the Arts, the Winston-Salem Community Foundation and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County, hired two local artists -- Jacinta being one of them -- to help plan and facilitate a series of sessions with community stakeholders to address: How can we create a more equitable and abundant Winston-Salem? How can we move systems of race, class and power to do so? How can we, as a community, build enough trust to enable transformative change to happen? Read more about the Lab here.
One City, One Prompt (OCOP) For the first time, March - April 2014, Jacinta served as the Triad's coordinator for the Transformative Language Arts Network OCOP. See more information on what was done and get a taste of the creative work that come out of this city-wide collaboration here.
LifeVerse (LV) From 2007 to 2013, Jacinta had the pleasure of developing and coordinating, along with Steve Sumerford, the (now retired) Greensboro Public Library's Assistant Director, this initiative focused on older adults. With LV, volunteers were trained and placed in communities to work with older adults, using poetry as the catalyst to discussion and creativity. Older adults, in a group setting, were encouraged to share their stories and create group poems! Jacinta developed the volunteer training materials and was responsible for the project management. Jacinta and Steve also facilitated trainings for state-wide librarians on creating similar programs in their communities! See mention of LifeVerse winning the diversity award from the National Library Association on the (click and seebottom of the page.)
NC Poetry Out Loud Competition Each year, the National Endowment for the Arts sponsors high school poetry recitation contests around the US. In 2012 and 2013, the NC Arts Council, the Greensboro Public Library and Jacinta partnered to coordinate the state-wide competition! The state winner goes on to compete in the national competition in Washington, DC! See a video highlighting the 2013 NC POL competition here.
Building Common Ground: Community, Compassion, Civility In 2012, The Greensboro Public Library received a grant from the American Library Association with the theme of "building common ground." The library focused on older adults, and TWP was called in to assist in the creation of the program. In partnership with Creative Aging Network-NC, TWP planned, organized and facilitated a month long program for older adults and volunteers of all ages, including Day of Listening, Day of Play: Competition to Compassion, and LifeVerse.