Teche Center for the Arts presents teaching artist and spoken-word poet Alex PoeticSoul Johnson’s “Poetic Rhythms,” an interactive workshop for youth ages 13-18 on Saturday, Feb. 16. The workshop takes place from noon to 3 p.m. at Teche Center for the Arts, located at 210 E. Bridge St. in downtown Breaux Bridge.
Admission is $15 and includes lunch. Online registration is available at techecenterforthearts.com. Early registration is recommended.
“Poetic Rhythms” will engage students in creative critical thinking, creative writing, and performance exercises tailored to strengthen students’ ability to express emotions creatively and to encourage personal empowerment in oratory skills. The workshop has proven beneficial in assisting teens and at-risk youth in their positive development of self-expression concerning emotions such as fear, anger, and hate.
“I encourage others to never give up, to stand up, to be fearless and be heard,” says Johnson, a recipient of the ICON Arts & Cultural Rising Star Award, which celebrate those making an impact on Acadiana through arts, business and culture.
Students will leave the workshop with a poem of their own creation and a notebook they can use for future writing. They’ll also gain tools and coping mechanisms to handle a wide range of emotion, both positive and negative, in daily life.
“Alex is a bright light. We are so fortunate to be able to bring her to TCA to share her talents with young people in our community,” says Sandra Sarr, executive director at TCA.
Johnson has worked as a teaching artist in the Lafayette Parish Juvenile Detention Home where she empowered incarcerated youth to create spoken word poem Eyes of the Sun and was featured as a 2017 TEDx presenter recounting her experience with LPDH youth.
She founded the spoken-word poetry organization, Lyrically Inclined. A self-described fiercely determined female with a strong voice who is taking spoken word poetry by storm, Johnson was a featured as a panelist on “Language of the Unheard: Rural Children of Color” during the 2016 Split this Rock Poetry festival in Washington, D.C.
Her debut album, Scattered Thoughts, is available on Spotify, iTunes, and Google Playstore.