Climbing PoeTree is producing 6 video-poems for The Hurricane Season Curriculum- an arts-based popular education course that builds consciousness & imagination essential for fundamental social change. We need your support in completing this series that will make it possible to introduce the poetry of Hurricane Season to classrooms and learning environments everywhere. Learn more and contribute here
For four years Climbing PoeTree has been hard at work collaborating with a team of brilliant educators to develop a learner-centered, arts-based social justice curriculum that examines unnatural disasters and empowers solutions to some of the most pressing issues of our time. Designed for 11th and 12th grade high school and college students, it has been piloted to date in Chicago, New York and Pennsylvania, in both the high school and university level, and will soon be an invaluable teaching tool nationwide.
The Hurricane Season Curriculum employs poetry, theatre of the oppressed exercises, video collages, hip hop, visual art, dialogue, research, internal investigation, and project-based learning to help learners analyze systems of oppression and models of resistance. Derived from Climbing PoeTree’s award-winning production, Hurricane Season: the Hidden Messages in Water, the curriculum employs a popular education model to build consciousness and imagination essential for fundamental social change.
Climbing PoeTree is currently producing a series of 6 cinematic shorts that translate the poetry from Hurricane Season into compelling media that will accompany the curriculum. With the aesthetic appeal of a music video, each poem captures the passion of Alixa and Naima’s live performance in striking locations, combined with stunning dance, art and captivating music.
We need your support in completing this series that will make it possible to introduce the poetry of Hurricane Season to classrooms and learning environments everywhere. Though the curriculum development has been an all-volunteer effort for 4 years, we need to raise $15,000 to complete all the video aspects by the end of November. Thank you so much for any support you can contribute towards that realization!
We are beyond excited to share this teaching tool that we have been dedicatedly crafting with great care, love, and intention. And we couldn’t do it without the support and solidarity of so many allies and believers!!
With deep appreciation and devotion,
Alixa & Naima