In February 2023, Learning Courage hosted our third annual virtual event. This year our theme was Hope, a word our team feels fuels our work in many ways. Hope gives us strength. Your hope allows you to move forward and it takes strength to tell your story, to stand up and speak out for change, to shift damaging cultural systems and dynamics that lead to harm, and to heal from sexual abuse and violence. This year our performers were inspired by our theme of hope and showed it through dance, poetry, song, spoken word, and images; several of them even created new pieces, especially for our event. One of our performers joins us as our host this year. Proclaimed as one of the “purest contemporary voices” by National Public Radio, Amikaeyla Gaston is a force for change. She is a nuanced thought-leader, author, public speaker, and performer, and MTV says “her sultry sound is like listening to velvet waterfalls.”
We were so grateful to be joined by Tina Cane. She is the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island and the founder/director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI. Tina has published multiple books and her poems and translations have appeared in a myriad of publications. In her capacity as poet laureate, Tina has established her state's first youth poetry ambassador program and has brought the Poetry-in-Motion program from the New York City Transit System to Rhode Island's state-wide buses. Tina Cane
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