This week in the Future of Ottawa series, we’re taking a deep dive into Ottawa’s poetry scene—what it’s like now and where it’s headed. Read on for a guest post from JustJamaal The Poet aka Jamaal Jackson Rogers on the future of spoken word.
Jamaal Jackson Rogers
This weekend marks the arrival of yet another COVID-19 lockdown in Ottawa. With stay-at-home orders in effect as of midnight last night, this weekend’s roundup will focus on things you can do within your own home and neighbourhood, as venturing out is not in the cards for the next while.
Here, Jacqui talks about creating opportunities for performers of colour in Ottawa’s theatre scene and providing a safe space for vulnerability in young storytellers.
York Street Public School students were struggling with the news of racial violence coming out of the United States and here at home. The school partnered with MASC so that the students could explore the issues and their feelings through an artist-in-residence poetry program. The result is “Give Hope,” a collective poem.
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Jamaal Jackson Rogers (AKA Just Jamaal the Poet) is well-known as a driving force for good in Ottawa’s spoken-word and literary scene, as well as a member of the MASC community. He talks about working with youth, being inspired by his family, and how he’s managing to stay creative in our COVID-19 world.
MASC is a charitable arts organization that brings the arts and culture alive for over 120,000 children, youth, and seniors in the Ottawa region each year. They have developed online programming that will soon be offered through school and community platforms.
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Gift of Jazz: From Africa to New Orleans to The True North Strong and Free will take place at the National Gallery on Thursday February 15 and Friday February 16 as a tribute to Black History Month, celebrating the tour de force that is jazz music.
On Tuesday, December 5th, Synapcity hosted their Creative CityMakers event at General Assembly to ask: “Why Ottawa for arts and culture?”
This Tuesday December 5, Synapcity is bringing together some of Ottawa’s most talented artists to ask: why Ottawa for arts and culture?