When: Saturday, July 13, 1-6 p.m.
Where: The Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Road. $15; $10 ages 13-20; ages 12 and under free. Discounts for college students. Info: https://www.facebook.com/TheColorMeBrownProject.
Why: The young poets from Brave New Voices have something to say. They are outspoken and creative, expressing complex emotions through words that can't be ignored. The teenagers are also in the habit of sharing their words with the rest of the country. Last year they went to California to perform their poetry, and this year they will travel to Chicago to compete in a national youth poetry slam.
The group needs your help to make it to the Windy City. The Color ME Brown Project, a nonprofit organization with a mission to "empower and support the black and Latino communities as well as strengthen and inform its allies," will host a fundraiser to support the students' travel expenses.
On Saturday, July 13, Brave New Voices poets will present their words, the Urban Arts Institute's Eternity Dance Team will perform, and other entertainers, including Mr. 15ive and Codula, will share their talents. There will also be a raffle for more than $600 in prizes, such as gift certificates from Harvest Records, West End Bakery and The Hop, and pieces of original art. Help our region's young poets put Asheville's spoken word scene on the map with an evening of poetry, music, prizes and emotion.
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