Uniting the Youth and Raising Awareness Through Art

Greg Lewis [Teen Parapro-Kentwood Branch]

“For the 2nd consecutive year, the amount of student submissions entries in the KDL Teen Poetry Contest was record-breaking, largely due to the great work the group does in schools. The Diatribe excels at encouraging students to share their words and always seem to get students who do not readily participate eagerly speaking up and finding their voice.”

Kathy Vogel: [7th and 8th grade English Language Arts Teacher]

“Working with the Diatribe provided me the opportunity to learn more about my students. I found myself guilty of creating preconceived stories about my students. After learning about their personal stories through their poetry, I discovered that some of my students have experienced tragedies in various forms. Both students and teachers learned valuable lessons about empathy. Not only did we become more empathic, we became more tolerant of each other. Students wrote and shared and wrote and shared. The Diatribe created a safe caring environment which helped students produce some of their best work.”

Aaron Turner [Development  Manager WGVU Public Media]

“It is rare when mission and passion align, but this is exactly what happens when community advocacy, youth development, and passion meets amazing spoken word poets. I attended the Diatribe Fun’Raiser Party in 2018 and I was amazed by the impact that I witnessed, and it motivated me and moved me to want to be involved with the mission and execution of the Diatribe. Using art as a way to combat the ever eroding social conscious in our youth is brilliant. Just as relevant today as it was when the spoken word scene exploded in the early-mid 90’s, this art form in the hands of skilled poets and open-minded youth is a tool that can build bridges instead of walls. I was touched by what I witnessed at that event and am looking forward to being a part of the growth and evolution of the Diatribe. Their work with our communities most valuable and vulnerable commodity….our youth, is to be applauded!”

 Becca Guyette [Art Prize Education Director]

“The Diatribe’s educational program during ArtPrize Eight was a dynamic and inspirational performance that empowered youth to make real-life connections to poetry as a therapeutic means of self-expression.”

Brian Mulder [Grandville Middle School Assistant Principal]

“The Diatribe brought their words to life with our students, from the big view at large assemblies to small groups with individualized writing support.  They understand the importance of showing students how important their words can be and how poetry can be the avenue to express your thoughts in a meaningful way.”

Bathany Joy Winn [MDiv, Hospice Chaplain]

“The Diatribe is everything. Thank you for the Showcase, and for all the work you do year-round. You’re the essence of intersectional artistic expression and truth-telling. You’re cultivating the kind of humanity the world needs more of. I wanted to spend forever with everyone in that space, listening to all the stories anyone wanted to share from their souls. Thanks for the hope, the inspiration, the tears, the rage. Keep doing what you’re doing. This event is all the magic and power of intersectional artistry and freedom. Amen, yes, and thank you to the Diatribe.”

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