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DaVerse Lounge: A Spoken Word Showcase For Teens

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Story and Photos by Funmi Okunbolade (Big Thought)

On Feb. 25, DaVerse Lounge, a spoken word showcase for ages 21 and under, kicked off its sixth season with an amazing collaborative show, hosted by spoken word artist Will Richey. Held at Life in Deep Ellum, more than 250 young people—ranging in age from toddlers to college students—experienced the arts first hand through an interactive evening of spoken word, music and visual art.

As always, teens from around the metroplex blessed the mic with their creative talents, including past participants from Carter High School in Dallas and Austin Middle School in Irving. Also on hand were students from the Thriving Minds After-school clubs at Cary, Hill, Comstock, Long and Stockard middle schools; as well as groups from St. Phillips School in South Dallas and Promise House.

With the help of ArtLoveMagic, a local nonprofit that creates live interactive arts experiences, attendees tried their hand at visual art in different mediums—from airbrush and acrylic painting to cartooning and collage—and musical improvisation with 3121, a trio of local musicians who led a jam session complete with drums and turntables.  In the main lounge, a steady stream of spoken word artists took to the mic, accompanied by local reggae/hip hop band, Melody Memory.
DaVerse Lounge returns with a second show on May 6 from 7-9 p.m. at Life in Deep Ellum. The event is presented by local creative education nonprofit Big Thought. For more information, call 469-916-9835.

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