New Deadline! Submit Your Spoken Word Video

indexThe deadline has been extended for the BPS spoken word performance opportunity! Applications and video submissions are now due December 2nd. This opportunity is a great prep for the spoken word group that will be forming in the Writers’ Room this January.

Each year, Boston Public Schools host a special celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King in a district-wide evening of performances and remembrances. The evening showcase will be held on Thursday, January 16th in the beautiful Blackman Auditorium at Northeastern University.  BPS student performance ensembles will be auditioning over the next few weeks to be chosen to perform as a part of this special event.  This year’s theme is “Inspired By His Words.” Now is your chance to be a part of this special event!

Students in grades 9-12 attending BPS high schools are eligible to apply, and must have a sponsoring teacher at their school fill out an online application on our website by December 2nd.  Then, students are asked to create a video of their original spoken word piece inspired by the quote below, and e-mail it as an attachment or link to the address their sponsoring teacher will receive in an e-mail confirmation after the application is submitted.

Come join the fun!

• BPS students in grades 9-12 are eligible to apply and audition.
• Students must be involved in a spoken word, theatre, creative writing or performing/literary arts class
at their schools or through an established arts organization.
• Students must have a BPS sponsoring teacher from their school to apply. This must be a BPS teacher
or staff member at your school who will to support you through the audition and performance process.
One teacher may sponsor multiple applicants.
• Applicants must create and perform an original piece inspired by the following quote:
“One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods
of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are
notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to
adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., excerpted from “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” (1967)


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