Split This Rock cultivates, teaches, and celebrates poetry that bears witness to injustice and provokes social change. Year-round, thousands of people attend and participate in readings, writing workshops, slams, open mics, and other events that give voice to the voiceless and insist on equal rights for all. After-school poetry clubs, performance and writing workshops, youth slams and festivals reach young people across the region, and in-depth arts training and leadership programs (including the award-winning DC Youth Slam Team) immerse young poets in the craft, teaching them to tackle injustice through creative expression. At the biennial Split This Rock Poetry Festival, writers from around the world converge on DC for three days of readings, workshops, discussions, youth voices, and activism. Most programs are free, including those in DC area schools, and scholarships make even modestly priced events affordable. You can contribute your voice – and support – to the cause.
Awards & Recognition
Split This Rock has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and multi-year funding from major national foundations such as the Open Society Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.
The positive impact of our youth programs has brought many accolades including proclamations from DC City Council (2013, 2015) and Montgomery County (2015). Additionally, our efforts have been acknowledged for excellence in youth arts programming as a 2016 Mayor’s Arts Awards finalist.
The DC Youth Slam Team took 1st place out of over 50 teams competing at the Brave New Voices International Teen Poetry Slam Festival in 2014.
The DC Youth Slam Team took 2nd place out of over 50 teams competing in the Brave New Voices International Teen Poetry Slam Festival in 2013. One of their videos from that competition has been viewed close to 2 million times on YouTube.
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