Arts for Social Justice

NEA Project #1 / Poesia en Movimiento

In Poesía en Movimiento, dancer Kristin Kusanovich and actor Mauricio Salgado perform a variety of modern/contemporary movement theatre works that express ideas, feelings, relationships and stories in Spanish and English. The many English Language Learners at these community sites will gain confidence in movement and verbal expression by writing poetry in English and Spanish, and learning to alternately choreograph to poetry or write to dance.

This program was paired with the professional performance of Lineage Dance Company. Within this performance, the professional dancers addressed ideas of technology, thinking outside the box, imagination, and trust. Seeing this professional performance allowed the students to see the endless possibilities of their own potential and imagination.

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It is our hope that we can inspire others to get involved with projects like this in their own communities. We invite you to use these lesson plans, videos, and pictures as tools and guides in your own journey to create change. Please feel free to model your project off of what we have done through our NEA grant, or use them as references in creating your own project.