To all who love youth!
Sioux Falls is home to hundreds of great organizations working together to help students and their families make this fantastic city even greater. It is in this same spirit, we are reaching out to you and the organization you represent today.
I would like to invite you to the Axtell Park/Joe Foss Inaugural Vision and Voice Student Gala. This event will highlight the Students of the Vision and Voice project in the areas of Visual Arts and Poetry. What is this project about? For the past four years, I have invited guest artist Joan Zephier to offer students an outlet to share their stories of addiction and recovery through art. The results have been amazing. Over the course of the project,we have found the impact to be far greater than what was intended. We found that students wanted to share about their overall life struggles. These topics range from addiction and recovery, self-harm, depression, anxiety, loss, friends, family, other teen issues. This year, with the support of a Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation grant, we were able to expand the program and invite Kim Bartling, theater director, professor, and community advocate in to work with students through poetry. In October, our very first Poetry Out-loud was born. During this time, students worked on their stories with our guest artists, and counselors touched base with students encouraging, and discussing their pieces, identifying positive coping skills, and helping them discover new ones.
Axtell/Joe Foss’s Vision and Voice Student Gala will showcase the art and poetry that the students have created over the course of the school year and give you and the community a chance to hear/see their stories.
This is a free event, open to the public. It is scheduled for Friday, May 11th from 5pm-8pm at the Orpheum Theatre. We hope you’ll come to support our kids!
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