SWAN Community Program : Speak Your Soul


Every year SSF has chosen a community organization that would benefit from arts programming as part of the Spoken Soul Festival SWAN Community Program. Past organizations include ASPIRA Muchachos & Muchahcas Conference, Boys & Girls Club, DASH Film Club, Miami Art Studio & Artoconecto, SafeSpace, and Little Haiti Cultural Center’s After School Program. To mark the 10th year of SSF, this year’s Community Program will serve the entire city.

We invite Miami to speak from their soul. Upon arriving to the SWAN Community Program, attendees will be ushered along an artistic, enclosed trail, which will include: 4 interactive art exhibits that are built to challenge our perception of one another and provide Miami’s multicultural and diverse community with a much needed platform to create a dialogue about people’s similarities versus their differences.

MonicaLynneArmHeadshotInstallations include: “The Ballot Box”, an exploration of commonalities through opinion and age. Results revealed with an arts installation composed of oversized emojis and colorful pins. “Freedom of Speech”, an invitation to 60 seconds free of judgement and uninterrupted speech.  Performing artist Monica Lynne will compassionately listen to participants vent about whatever issue they currently are worried about, a la and in homage to Marina Abramovic “The Artist Is Present”. “What’s Your Hash Tag”, a fun interactive photo booth with props where one is invited to share on social media their thoughts on the importance of the arts. “Think it, Feel it, Draw it, Post-it”, guests are asked to draw or write on a Post-It note what their thoughts are regarding the importance of women, art, and women artists to our world community. These Post-It notes will then become the feathers of our SWAN Day mural. Upon exiting the exhibits patrons will arrive at the Swan “Call To Action” forum where various local non-profit organizations will be on hand to provide information and an invitation to civil engagement including: Borinquen Clinic providing FREE healthcare screening and information on healthcare for artists, No More Tears providing information on their services that protect abused women, Urgent Inc providing information about their various youth organization, and more! This uplifting event will culminate with a spoken word open mic, featuring past SSF alumni, Viking Freedom Writers, Urgent Inc Poets, and SSF alumni DJs rocking the house

For volunteer opportunity, organization vendor opportunity, Spoken Word Open Mic sign up (4pm -5pm), please email spokensoulfestival@gmail.com, Subject Line “SCP Interest”

Whether she's hosting a spoken word event, music festival, or playing the role of a santera or vixen, Deborah Magdalena makes every emotion super real. This performance artist has acquired impressive TV & Film credits for the past twenty years including Sesame Street (CTW), Apollo Comedy Hour (Tribune Entertainment), Safe Harbor (Warner Brothers), Striptease (Castle Rock), Holyman (Caravan), and For Love or Country (HBO). As a published spoken word artist Deborah has released three CDs, a chapbook, and the spoken word musical FUNKdalena. As an artist-activist she’s the founder of Spoken Soul Festival, a twelve year old, three-day festival that helps women artists go from novice to professionals. As an educator Deborah for the past eight years has led in-school presentations in numerous high schools for the National YoungArts Foundation, is the co-founder of Piano Slam, and led various workshops for local art organizations like Miami Light Project and Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. Most recently and for the seventh year in a row, she was invited by the Arsht Center and Ailey Arts & Education Foundation to serve as the Creative Communication instructor for Ailey Camp Miami.

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