2014 Neighborhood Bridges Conference keynote

Since 1997, Neighborhood Bridges—CTC's signature critical literacy program—has used storytelling, theatre and creative writing to transform students to become storytellers of their own lives. The 2014 Neighborhood Bridges National Conference, August 20 and 21, will feature an interactive keynote with Marc Bamuthi Joseph, a spoken word artist, essayist and arts educator whose work is a unique blend of poetry and multimedia theatre that often addresses social and political causes.

Joseph is the artistic director of the 7-part HBO documentary Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices and an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country's "greatest living artists.” The Washington Post says of his work: “Rarely do word and movement mesh so seamlessly and elegantly. . . [Joseph's] stories put sound and gesture on a single continuum of expression."

Critical literacy is at the heart of Neighborhood Bridges. It involves the analysis and critique of the relationships among texts, language, power, social groups, and social practices. It shows us ways of looking at written, visual, spoken, multimedia and performance texts in order to question, challenge and transform narrative.

We welcome you to come to CTC for this two-day event, featuring breakout workshops that will explore how to use the best practices of critical literacy pedagogies to ignite new ways of learning for students from pre-k through college. Workshops will take place from 1:00 to 4:30pm on August 20th, followed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph at 6:00pm. Workshops continue on the following day from 8:30am to 3:30pm, with lunch and light breakfast provided. For those joining us from out-of-town, there is a block of rooms set aside at the nearby Holiday Inn Express. Call (612) 341-3300 and inquire about rooms for the “Neighborhood Bridges Conference.” Register for the conference here.