(pictured above: Authoring Action co-founder Nathan Ross Freeman poses with some of the program’s young participants in 2012.)
The teen spoken word and writing organization Authoring Action will hold a retrospective next month in conjunction with SeCCA.
The group’s Third Annual Winter Retrospective will be held at SeCCA, 750 Marguerite Drive, over two weekends: Saturday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. and Saturday, March 1 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 2 at 3 p.m. Admission is $10 and proceeds benefit both Authoring Action and SeCCA.
This year, approximately a dozen youth will be showcasing pieces written during Authoring Action’s summer and fall intensive writing programs. Collaborating artists Jennifer O’Kelly, Greg Tahtinen and Paul Douse will also take part.
“The retrospective covers a rainbow of topics and genres dealing with the human experience from the perspective of teen authors,” Authoring Action Executive Director Lynn Rhoades said. “Topics range from race relations and civil rights to friendship and domestic affairs, and it’s a great opportunity for our teens to be at a place like SECCA.”
The Authoring Action–SeECCA partnership is one that goes back to 2002, when the two organizations first collaborated.
“I really feel like this is a true partnership,” said Deborah Randolph, Curator of Education at SeCCA.
Action is a nonprofit educational enrichment and outreach organization dedicated to developing young people as authors and advocates for social change. Its signature creative writing and spoken word methods offer youth the tools to discover their unique voices, explore and transform their lives and become the positive change they want to see in the world.