Youth Poetry Festival

InsideOut hosted Louder Than a Bomb: The Michigan Youth Poetry Festival for three years, in addition to a digital festival in 2020. The Festival is largest annual convening of high school writers in Michigan, dedicated to promoting artistic growth through peer engagement, team competition, and the celebration of youth voice. 

Detroit Youth Poet Laureate

From 2017-2020, InsideOut searched for civically-engaged youth poets to promote creativity, literacy, and civic awareness in metro Detroit. The Detroit Youth Poet Laureate designed a community service project, published a collection of poems, and performed across the region. 

Community Programming

Through partnerships with celebrated cultural institutions like the Detroit Institute of Arts, MOCAD, the Detroit Zoological Society, and New Detroit, InsideOut provides young people with opportunities to share their voices and create community connections.