Jonas Clark Room 001, Clark University
LIVE IN CONCERT
$7 suggested donation adult, $5 youth.
at the door, call 774-242-3889 or by paypal here
Friday, April 22nd, 2016
3:00 – 4:30pm
Jonas Clark Room 104
Clark University, 950 Main St, Worcester
Taina Asili and Michael Reye’s Reclaim the Thunder: Songs and Poetry for Social Change Workshop brings the history and songwriting and poetry techniques of social justice music and poetry together in an interactive radical creative jam to reinvent our world.
Taina Asili and Michael Reyes will discuss how songs and poetry reclaim power, break barriers inspire, and unite. This workshop is open to people of all ages and artistic levels, from beginner poets to experienced mcees and singers.
Taína Asili is a US born Puerto Rican vocalist and songwriter carrying on the tradition of her ancestors, fusing past and present struggles into one soulful and defiant voice. Her newest artistic work is as band leader of Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde, a six piece ensemble based in Albany, NY. Taina has taught writing workshops for over 10 years. Beginning as a poetry workshop facilitator at Taller Puertorriqueño, a Puerto Rican cultural center based in North Philadelphia, Taína has since taught poetry writing workshops for both children and adults, with a focus on marginalized populations including incarcerated women, refugees and union workers. She has her MA in Transformative Language Arts from Goddard College. Taina organizes with the Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration in Albany, New York and helped to found the New York State Prisoner Justice Network (www.nysprisonerjustice.org). For many years, she has worked on the campaign to free former death row political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal (www.freemumia.com) and many other types of movement work such as Puerto Rican independence, indigenous rights, environmental justice, and holistic health movements. And she considers parenting to be her most important activist work.
As a poet, artist and organizer, Reyes performs internationally and facilitates educational performances and workshops by merging creative expression and critical thought. His mission is to provide a participatory educational environment through poetry and hip-hop to address issues of social justice and cultural identity. The grandson of migrant workers and having worked in the fields of Michigan himself he knows all too well the inequalities that exist in the U.S. Combined with community activism and artistic contributions in both Chicago and Detroit his work has added to the multiple layers of Chican@/Latino identity. Michael is a founding member of Café Teatro Batey Urbano Chicago, IL where he organizes youth hip-hop/spoken word cd’s, poetry chatbooks, and summer programs offering creative arts and community organizing workshops focused on the principles of participatory democracy. He is also a Freelance Journalist with Chicago Public Radio (Ear to the Ground Program).