CBC Metro Morning: Nia Centre Spring break camp helps students

"Get it down messy": Nia Centre Spring break camp helps students learn freestyle poetry

By Lidia Abraha, p
Posted on April 19, 2021

Spending this Spring Break away from friends isn’t what most students hoped for and after a full year of online learning, they may not be keen on connecting virtually. Kuumba After School April Break Camp is a week-long workshop camp that allows youth between the ages of 14-19 to unwind and explore their own connection with the arts.

Each day will be filled with opportunities for youth to explore a variety of art forms such as visual arts, dance, creative writing, and freestyle poetry classes with facilitator Toks Ayinla. Nevaeh Pusey, 14, will be working with Toks to explore this unique, new artform while navigating the lockdown and school closures due to the pandemic. Listen to their interview on CBC Metro Morning here.

Poetry is so difficult when you’re given all of these rules and structures, and it shouldn’t be because it’s an amazing artform. Once you take away all fo the constraints, many people will find they’re good at it.

Toks Ayinla Facilitator in Kuumba After School

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