Louder Than A Bomb-Tulsa (LTAB-Tulsa) engages schools and community organizations from all over the Tulsa area in workshops, youth-led open mics, showcases, panel discussions and a teen poetry competition. LTAB-Tulsa is the FIRST regional outgrowth of Louder Than a Bomb, the largest teen poetry festival in the world based in Chicago and the subject of the award-winning documentary ﬁlm, Louder Than a Bomb (Siskel/Jacobs Productions, 2011). The Tulsa program seeks to make a positive difference in the lives of young people through creative writing, publishing and performance education. It facilitates an exchange between Tulsa and Chicago students and educators, and has helped to create a template for a national rollout.
The poetry slam is an Olympic-style poetry contest, created in Chicago in 1985 and is now an international phenomenon. Using friendly competition to gather the best and brightest young writers from the surrounding area, participating students come together to share stories, break stereotypes, speak their truth, and to challenge themselves and their audiences. LTAB-Tulsa is housed within the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa and it provides a safe space that emphasizes community building, education, and youth empowerment. By carrying on the rich tradition of oral storytelling and the spoken word, LTAB-Tulsa has had a remarkable ability to engage young people and adults alike, and participation is rapidly growing.
Visit our blog to view media generated in workshops, as well as links to our students’ published work.
LTAB-TULSA 2013-2014 BROCHURE
Includes ”How to Participate in LTAB-Tulsa” and LTAB-Tulsa Learning Objectives.
LTAB SATURDAY SERIES BROCHURE – Updated Oct 29
Includes all the dates and locations you need!
NEW DRAMA LEAGUE
The Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa has launched “New Drama League” a theater and film lab providing equal access to education & resources for students engaged with “Louder Than a Bomb-Tulsa” by offering free and nominal cost writing, performing, and media arts education programming. Intended to foster the creation of original work by exemplary young, local authors, it provides further education on the potential of creative writing, giving students the opportunity to take their work to the next level. Students receive mentorship from theater or film professionals as their original scripts are taken from development through production. New Drama League projects reflect a rapidly diversifying cultural landscape in Tulsa. Various methods of styles and formats are explored to bring fresh new perspectives and contemporary hybrid productions to screens and public spaces.
THE TULSA VOICE PROJECT
Target Ages: High School & College Level (Though All Ages Welcome)
The Tulsa Voice Project (TVP) is a new journalism and publishing track within the Louder Than a Bomb-Tulsa Program. Young authors are taught & mentored by seasoned professional writers, multi media producers & editors towards submitting work to city (or national) publications, as well as guided in building portfolios. Just as the New Journalists of the 1960s & 1970s used literary techniques to invigorate their nonfiction, so do students of LTAB-Tulsa/TVP seek to develop new ways to tell stories with meaning in the changing media landscape.
Though universal in scope, stories are radically inclusive of voices conveying what it’s like to be black, brown, female, gay, working class, or otherwise marginalized. We create narrative stories & articles, short essays, images, audio, reviews, op eds, song lyrics, poems, scripts and more to fit big & small screens, and for printed matter – either DIY or professional. Our foundational tool is map-based storytelling. We utilize an ever evolving LTAB-Tulsa map in which writers begin by looking to their own schools and neighborhoods for inspiration to report, preserve and celebrate Tulsa’s cultural life. We also promote the resources of Tulsa City-County Library, and LTAB-Tulsa’s housing organization, The Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, which seeks to make the arts accessible to all of Tulsa’s diverse populations. visit www.tulsavoice.tumblr.com for scheduling and other information.
Kent W. Martin, Program Coordinator
Phone: 310 600 7099
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Header photo by Zach Litwack