Thursday, August 6 (4pm – 5:30pm) — Protest Poetry: Art-Making & Activism in Online Spaces

Our students are a part of one of the most active and outspoken generations of our time, but many of them are unable to participate in protests on the street. As educators, it is important that we empower our students to speak out and make their voices heard. One way we can help our students participate in protests without endangering them is through their art-making. In this experiential workshop led by Community-Word Project Teaching Artists Katie Rainey and Javan Howard, participants will explore activism through creative writing and how they can translate that work to their classrooms and empower their students to take action.


Duration: 90 minutes

Intended Audience: Teaching Artists & Educators

Materials needed for this session: Paper, pencils, pens, and any art-making/coloring supplies at hand


Javan Howard, Teaching Artist & Teaching Artist Project Facilitator, Community-Word Project

Javan Howard is a poet and writer from Bronx, NY. He truly believes that the lived experience is the ultimate teaching tool and uses poetry as a social forum to foster discourse about love, culture, and identity. He has facilitated workshops across NYC. Javan is a Teaching Artist Project Lead Mentor and a Teaching Artist for Community-Word Project and Teachers & Writers Collaborative.








Katie Rainey, Teaching Artist & Director of the Teaching Artist Project, Community-Word Project

Katie Rainey is a Teaching Artist and Director of the Teaching Artist Project at Community-Word Project, where she trains artists to become educators. She has been a teaching artist for over 10 years, and has taught poetry, fiction, theatre, photography, English as a second language and filmmaking in various parts of the world. For the last five years, Katie has been teaching at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Queens, working with their 9th grade students on creative writing and using their art-making for activism. Katie is a writer and editor who has been published in numerous literary journals and has received several awards for her writing. Katie also serves on the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable Teaching Artist Affairs Committee, and was a part of the 2018 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Emerging Leaders Boot Camp. You can see more about her here.
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