Can You Hear Me Now?

The University District Community Development Association announces Can You Hear Me Now?, a FREE coffee house for youth ages 12 to 18, on select Thursdays, running November 9, 16, 30 December 7, and 14 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center at 3242 Main Street on the corner of Heath Street.

Can You Hear Me Now? is a comfortable space for creative youth to play and experiment with original self-expression in multiple art forms. Each evening will start with an expressive arts workshop, including ice-breaking activities, involving music, spoken word, interactive group games, and movement. There will also be an open-mic session for youth to present creative work they would like to share.

The schedule of workshops is as follows:

November 9: “Try With These Keys”: expression with live piano

November 16: “Stepping On Toes”: expression through hip hop dance

November 30: “What Did I Say?”: expression through poetry

December 7: “Righting”: expression through spoken word

December 14: “Will This Make Me Rich?”: a workshop in artist development .

At a time with very limited venues for youth performance and safe socialization, Can You Hear Me Now? will open the door for youth and their adult supporters to take a chance and share their thoughts, experiences, and creations with a team of creative artists and teachers. Solomon Dixson, a Locally based seasoned, celebrated spoken word, break dance and music performer will serve as the producer of Can You Hear Me Now? He will bring together a team of artists to foster a fun, casual, and spontaneous atmosphere to encourage youth participants to share their perspectives in multiple forms of expression.

One exciting feature of the Coffee House is a free 4G Video created for each youth that performs in the open mic session. Professional videographer, Alex Harold will record youth performances at each coffee house session to give youth a keepsake from the experience to share with friends and family. Admission is FREE. Snacks, coffee and other beverages will be served. Youth ages 12 to 18 year old are welcome with any adults from their families.

For more information, contact Michael Tritto, Associate Director at Gloria J. Parks Community Center at 832-5085 or m.tritto@udcda. org .