In celebration of our 25th anniversary in 2020, InsideOut created Poetry for the People–a series of workshops, installations and performances in neighborhoods across the city designed to demystify poetry and engage new audiences in the ways that language can connect to and enrich their lives.  To keep our community well, Poetry for the People was postponed.

As restrictions are gradually being lifted, and it has become possible to safely gather together, InsideOut is excited to connect people of all ages to the power and pleasure of the written and spoken word once again. We are taking part in a few upcoming events with our Poetry for the People partners — please join us at the events below to get a taste of how poetry can enrich our daily lives during this time of hope and transition.

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Upcoming Public Events

July 24 – Sidewalk Festival at Dexter-Linwood

InsideOut is partnering with Sidewalk Detroit and Youthworks for this year’s 8th Annual Sidewalk Festival. Stop by for in-person art activities, chalk drawings inspired by student writing, and a live open mic featuring InsideOut’s youth poets. 2 – 4PM at 12041 Dexter Ave, Detroit. 

August 5 – 29th Annual Concert of Colors Youth Stage

InsideOut will be taking the stage at the 29th Annual Concert of Color’s first ever Detroit Excellence in Arts (DEYA) Youth Stage. InsideOut alum Aja Allante will perform alongside youth artists from Mosaic Youth Theater, Heritage Works, and the DSO Civic Youth Strings Ensemble for an evening highlighting youth arts in Detroit. Register to attend the live event or tune into the livestream. 7PM at the DSO Sosnick Courtyard. 

August 22 – Family Fun Days at Beacon Park Detroit: Live Performances + Crafts

August 29 – Family Fun Days at Beacon Park Detroit: Back to School Celebration

Poetry for the People is made possible by Knight Arts Challenge Detroit and the Flagstar Foundation, along with contributions from individual donors