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Hamilton Youth Poets

Hamilton Youth Poets (HYP) was created in 2012 to give the Hamilton community's youth the opportunity to develop their creative skills and have their voices heard. HYP has grown into a community hub centered around literacy and evolved into an arts organization that engages Hamilton youth in the act of telling and celebrating their own, authentic stories through year-round programming in spoken word, verse, multimedia, and new age journalism. The work is celebrated every spring in an awe inspiring culmination through the annual youth hip-hop poetry festival, Louder Than A Bomb Canada (LTABC), which brings together communities in a communal, barrier-breaking celebration of our differences.

  • Status:
    Annual Festival, Art Hive, Artist Collective, Non-profit, Program, Resource 
  • Main Communities Served:
    Adults, All Ages, Children, Youth 
  • Main Catchment Area:
    Ontario 
  • Languages:
    English, All languages welcomed, we operate primarily in English 
  • Main Community-Engaged Arts / Arts for Social Change Activities:
    HYP currently offers youth-led in-school residency programming to secondary schools and middle schools in the Greater Hamilton Area through a curriculum-approved workshop series appropriate for elementary age to university students.
    Our monthly poetry slams happen every 4th Sunday of the month from June - April at The Spice Factory, 121 Hughson St N. Entry is $5 for audiences and performers and there is both an open mic component and competitive opportunity in the conventional format of a poetry slam (standard rules apply.)

    Our Saturday Spitfire Writers' Series, free community workshops offered at 126 James St N every Saturday, just wrapped up its twelve-week season. We will be offering these workshops again in the fall - Hamilton Beat is an exploration of verse journalism, investigative poetry, and poetry for social change, with new assignments each week; Check the Method is an exploration of different mediums of poetry and the multi-faceted face of the "slam" poem, new work produced each week; Emcee Wreckshop is an emceeing and beat making "hip-hop university" workshop series with included recording and production time of an original song for each participant. Further details on the next launch of these programs can be found on our website and social media once that information is available. 
  • Mandate/Mission:
    Hamilton Youth Poets (HYP) was created in 2012 to give our community's youth the opportunity to develop their creative skills and have their voices heard. HYP has grown steadily and evolved into an arts organization that engages Hamilton youth in creating counter-narratives, narratives that reimagine the self, one another, and the world we inhabit. Our mission is to galvanize civically-engaged and culturally-literate citizens; deliver tools for young people to craft and share stories; invigorate educational spaces; and create pathways for emerging artists. Our organization and programs are youth-led and aim to cultivate artistic voice, develop critical thinkers, and empower youth to be civically engaged in the context of a critical, public pedagogy transcending cultural and socio-economic differences. For the last three years, Hamilton Youth Poets has worked within the Hamilton-Wentworth Public and Catholic School Boards, universities, and community organizations creating brave spaces where youth can congregate and express themselves through the writing and performance of hip hop and spoken word poetry.What we can offer: due to the multi-faceted nature of our programming, if any participants engaged in your initiative are interested in poetry and hip-hop or working alongside that field, we can provide unique volunteer opportunities with the flexibility to carve out a specific role. We also invite the possibility of programming collaboration. Every year, we host an annual youth hip-hop poetry festival Louder Than A Bomb Canada (LTABC) where slam teams are created through artist residencies in secondary and middle schools and congregate for competition in May; we are planning to expand this opportunity to community centers and are more than happy in supporting the development at your center.

    We are always looking for support in audience development, publicity, and outreach, to maximize and expand our organizational breadth and impact. 
  • ArtBridging Section:
    What we can offer: due to the multi-faceted nature of our programming, if any participants engaged in your initiative are interested in poetry and hip-hop or working alongside that field, we can provide unique volunteer opportunities with the flexibility to carve out a specific role. We also invite the possibility of programming collaboration. Every year, we host an annual youth hip-hop poetry festival Louder Than A Bomb Canada (LTABC) where slam teams are created through artist residencies in secondary and middle schools and congregate for competition in May; we are planning to expand this opportunity to community centers and are more than happy in supporting the development at your center.

    We are always looking for support in audience development, publicity, and outreach, to maximize and expand our organizational breadth and impact.
  • Additional Info:
    https://www.instagram.com/hamiltonyouthpoets/ 
  • Main Contact Name:
    Nea Reid, Artistic Director 
  • Phone:
    289-230-3333 
  • Main Contact Email:
    hamiltonyouthpoets@gmail.com 
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  • Address:
    126 James St N
    Hamilton, ON  L8R 2K7 

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