San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Capicu School of Poetic Arts (La SoPA)
This educational workshop series was born from the need for a communal space dedicated to the development of artistic skills that allow artists to express themselves creatively while learning core principles that foster the longevity of their crafts. The series will be taught by some of NYC’s most seasoned teaching artists and takes place at Boricua College on the 3rd floor of its original Graham Avenue school.
Courses will take place on Saturday mornings/early afternoons from
Saturday October 4th, 2014 to Saturday November 15th, 2014
(6 weeks of Writing/Performance workshops Oct 4-Nov 8, followed by a capstone class of Social Media & Marketing For Artists, led by award winning cultural community builder George 'Urban Jibaro' Torres)
at Boricua College’s Graham Ave campus in Bushwick, Brooklyn NYC ( J/M train to Flushing Ave. direct, or take L train to Morgan Ave. and transfer to B60 or B57 Bus to Flushing/Bway)
Prices are $100 for either 6 week course (Writers Workshop, Performance Poetry Workshop), and a great "Doble-Seis" deal for $150 if you take both! Age limit 17 & Over.
Led by Capicu Culture’s Award Winning Creative Director Juan “Papo Swiggity” Santiago and #LaSopaNYC co-Dean Jani Rose along with legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe Slam Team coach emeritus and #TeamCapicu member Keith Roach and author/educator and Director of Acentos Poetry Rich Villar, La SoPA is a movement to nourish our generation of urban writers and performance poets and our friends in New York City and the surrounding areas that wish to write books, become featured poets for poetry readings and slams, or just want to find a community to build with.
Similar workshops go for 2x and 3x this cost but #TeamCapicu wanted to keep it affordable for our community.
The current Curriculum includes;
☻ The Performance/Slam Poetry Workshop: Where’s My Dramaturgy?
Sat Oct 4- Sat Nov 8, 10am- Noon
led by Keith Roach (Author, legendary SlamMaster & coach emeritus at Nuyorican Poets Cafe) for emerging performance/slam poets. Bring pieces you want to workshop!
☻ The Writers Workshop: The Sacred Word.
Sat Oct 4- Sat Nov 8, Noon - 2 PM
led by Rich Villar (Author, Director of Acentos Poetry)
La SoPA courses will guide the development of students’ voices and skills allowing translation of the human experience through their chosen artistic medium. As our school develops, we will include various courses that reflect the full range of the dynamic New York City arts scene so that our students will be sought out and booked on the basis of their impeccable vision and skill, and provide them with the ability to optimize these moments in the spotlight with business savvy. Our founders and core facilitators have over 70 years of combined experience in Business & Arts development from prominent positions with established entities such as Bronx Council on the Arts, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Atlantic Records, Acentos Poetry Foundation, Image Cultura, Hispanicize, Latinos In Social Media, Capicu Culture and Sofrito For Your Soul.
We use the acronym SoPA, the Spanish word for soup, as a metaphor to illustrate the combining of these different voices and experiences like that of a hearty blend of ingredients necessary for the growth of a people. As a good sopa is to the body, good art is to the spirit. This coming together of different minds, artistic mediums, cultures and social elements create a healthful, satisfying stew cooked up to sate the needs we have identified in our communities. La SoPA’s courses blend harmoniously with Boricua College’s unique mission as the first private Hispanic college on the U.S. mainland, specifically designed to meet the educational needs of communities of color in the city.
NOTE: Students have up until the end of the weekend of the first class (Oct 4th at midnight) to ask for a full refund (minus Paypal fee). Afterwards, the payment will be non-refundable.
When & Where
Capicu Poetry And Cultural Showcase
We are a producer of diverse poetry and performing arts events in New York City, formed using the philosophies of the most progressive intellectual and artistic movements of the last century (i.e. The Harlem Renaissance, the Beat Poets, Black Arts Movement & most notably the Nuyorican Movement). We were founded in Brooklyn in March 2007 as an Open Mic & made our presence felt immediately by featuring both veterans as well as up-and-coming performers of spoken word, prominent visual artists, comedians, and select musical guests covering the genres of salsa, bomba y plena, progressive hip hop, and more. We have taken our brand to major academic institutions like New York University, Hunter College and Long Island University, and we have also taken our brand to major international corporations like National Grid Energy and Pepsi. [see more]
Summer 2013: Our social media project supporting the American Diabetes Association, #PorTuFamilia, reached over 2 million people and generated over 12 million impressions all to help promote the Feria De Salud in the Bronx!
Spring 2013: New York City Council Certificate of Recognition for leadership in the arts community
Spring 2012: New York State Assembly Citation of Merit for education and social media for the arts