drop the Mic Symposium

Friday, August 17, 2018  •  4:00-9:00pm
National Civil Rights Museum

The Drop the Mic Poetry Slam and Symposium are designed for creatives to use their art for activism by taking a stand on important social issues today based on the foundations of the Civil Rights Movement of our past. This is the fifth year the Museum has hosted the Poetry Slam and is continuing the two-day experience.  The intent is to not only serve as a platform of expression but also as a forum for creative solutions on important issues. 

The Poetry Symposium will feature a MasterClass with a seasoned artist and will cover every aspect of spoken-word craft from inspiration and writing to performance and evaluation. 

Participants will have their choice of attending concurrent workshops led by notable artists.  Workshops are constructed along four tracks – Activism, Youth Voice, Technique, and Business – and encompass a comprehensive range of topics including ways to use art to spark conversation and action in underrepresented communities, how to transform personal trauma into a catalyst for community change, and how to build a brand and generate revenue. 

A top artist will deliver a special Keynote message that will challenge his listeners with every verse & reaches across the spectrum of pop culture.

The evening will wrap up with an Open Mic for workshop participants and facilitators.

Educators, seasoned artists and slam champions are encouraged to submit workshop proposals for the Drop the Mic Symposium on Friday, August 17, at the National Civil Rights Museum. A stipend is provided.  Deadline for proposals is June 29, 2018.

 

Symposium schedule (Tentative)

  • 3:00pm – 4:00 pm    Registration
  • 4:00 pm – 4:25 pm    Opening Plenary – MasterClass

5-Minute Transition

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm     SESSION 1 WORKSHOPS

  • Activism Track
  • Youth Track
  • Business Track
  • Technique Track

15-Minute Transition

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm SESSION 2 WORKSHOPS 

  • Activism Track
  • Youth Track
  • Business Track
  • Technique Track

15-Minute Transition

  • 7:00 – 8:00     Light Dinner; Panel Discussion

10-Minute Transition

  • 8:10 – 9:15 pm    Open Mic for workshop participants & facilitators

 

REGISTRATION FOR SYMPOSIUM OPENS IN JULY.

 
For inquiries contact media@civilrightsmuseum.org.