Welcome to the website of the T-Plus Poets, where we’re documenting the great creative work of a dozen students from Minneapolis Transition Plus program who were involved in a music & poetry residency with neighborhood theatre artists. To learn more about this project, please check out our ABOUT section here.
The following posts include photos, poetry and soon, audio and video from sessions we had in the Spring of 2015. WE’LL BE UPDATING AND ADDING CONTENT TO NEW AND EXISTING POSTS THROUGHOUT THE FIRST COUPLE WEEKS OF SEPTEMBER, SO PLEASE KEEP CHECKING BACK!
More poetry, photos, video and AUDIO of great creative work done by the class being posted soon soon soon!!!
Yesterday, hundreds of people gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center to attend the Transition Plus graduation ceremony, and honor the students who are completing their time with the Minneapolis Public Schools this year.
It was a fun, engaging, moving and very welcoming graduation ceremony. Family members and friends were ecstatic as their loved ones crossed the stage to receive certificates and congratulations from the interim Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools, and other officials.
Before all of that, though, one of the students in our residency rose to read “My Future Glory”, a poem we all wrote together collaboratively.
HE DELIVERED! It was beautiful and people loved it. I spoke with his parents afterwards, who said that…he hadn’t told them he was going to be reading it. It also wasn’t listed in the program, so it was a complete surprise for them. What was no surprise to me was his wonderful performance, or the power of the words he shared. Art Matters!
He walked the aisle along with three other students from our residency, completing their time with Transition Plus. A few other students were there to cheer them on.
It was a beautiful day.
Here’s a track from a couple weeks back, when we started jamming on a line from the poem:
Graduation Is Fun
Next Monday is Graduation. A few students in our residency will be completing their time @ T-Plus, and walking down the aisle in front of family and friends. And… Patricia said that one of them, T, will be reading our poem onstage as part of the ceremony. We wrote the poem, “My Future Glory”, collaboratively on our second day of residency back in April; it arose from our conversation and writing about what students were reaching for and working on. This is exciting!
Yesterday afternoon, I picked up the postcards @ 1pm from Carlson Printing, about 15 blocks north on Chicago at Franklin Avenue.
I then brought them over to T-Plus. Students and staff really dug them!
By 2:15pm, we were divided into three groups of staff and students, to pound the pavement and engage with people at local stores and organizations.
By 3pm, students had visited ten different businesses, dropping off most of the 500 cards. (Still got a small stack remaining)
Thanks go to:
Blue Ox Coffee Company
Covet Consign and Design
Modern Times Cafe’
Pillsbury House + Theatre
Smoke In The Pit BBQ
Southside Food & Deli
With a special shout-out of gratitude to Cafe’ Southside for the use of their awesome outside wall as backdrop for photo above, and to the staff of Blue Ox Coffee shop for graciously hooking up a bunch of us with water on a very hot day.
Postcards are Here!
and the back.
On this hot, sunny, sweaty 85 degree day, we all went through the neighborhood dropping the postcards off at local businesses and organizations.
Our final class was May 13th. But Students decided that they wanted to share some of the great work they’d been doing all Spring, and so… during class time on May 20th, another class of students at T-Plus, as well as some friends whom students invited and some people from Pillsbury House involved in Arts on Chicago joined us in the auditorium at 2:30pm.
We shared with them some of the great work we’ve been doing –
– a great game of Flock of Birds
-students read three poems they’d written collaboratively during our fourth class,
– then we had a musical jam, led by one of the students, riffing off the melodies and rhythms we’d come up with during our session, all inspired by the poem we’d written: “My Future Glory”.
-Lastly, we invited whomever wanted to join us to come up on stage or get involved from the house. We passed out instruments, and had a full-on musical jam with all who wanted to play.
Including some freestyling with dance and with the words of our poem.
It was a blast.
In addition to photos, we’ll be adding some video from the Sharing soon.
Gospel Singing at a point on the Ocean blue
Listening to music on my pink phone
With Dancing Dogs in Sunny Miami
Garden is my Paradise
People surrounding you everyday
Always helping you find something to say
I set the life of collecting and warmth
Honesty, standing belief creating a defense, POWER
Power, the red glowin’ underwater bedroom
That you do everything to do nothing to get.
Being Nice at the park and being at a store
Take a Shower – Looking Good! Or in the clouds being clean
Being Happy; time by myself
Outer Space Goals