A Residential Camp for Artistically Motivated Students Completing Grades 9-12. 

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 July 14 - 21, 2019                                                  

Engage with Richard Blanco!

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Think and Drink featuring Richard Blanco 

Join us for a night of conversation with poet Richard Blanco at Grizzly Peak Winery in Ashland presented by Oregon Humanities and Southern Oregon University. 

Saturday, July 13, 2019, 6:00pm       Buy Tickets

Richard Blanco Poetry Reading 

Be a part of this wonderful evening as YAI Artists-in-Residence and acclaimed poet Richard Blanco gives a poetry reading from his new college "How to Love a Country." Poetry Reading is located at Moutain Ave. Theater on the Ashland HS campus.

Monday, July 15, 2019, 7:00pm          Buy Tickets

Learn About Richard Blanco

Born in Madrid to Cuban-exiled parents and raised in Miami, Richard Blanco's work explores the themes of cultural identity and place. In 2013, he was chosen to read at Barack Obama's second Presidential Inauguration, joining the ranks of such luminary poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. He stands as the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in this role. Since 2016 he has served on the Obama Foundation's storytelling committee. A committed proponent of the civic role that poetry can fulfill in the public realm, Blanco's work addresses sociopolitical matters that affect us collectively. He is the contributing poet to "The Village Voice," a bi-monthly segment on Boston public radio station WGBH that discusses news topics through the lens of socially conscious poetry. 

The Academy of American Poets chose Richard Blanco to serve as its first Education Ambassador. He writes lesson plans for the Academy, visits students at all grade levels, and conducts workshops for educators on innovative and easy ways to teach poetry. He is also a frequent poet-in-residence at high schools across the country, offering interdisciplinary programs for both students and educators, customized to meet each school's particular needs. 

His latest book of poems, How to Love a Country (Beacon Press, 2019), both interrogates the American narrative, past and present, and celebrates the still unkept promise of its ideals.

Poetry students at the Young Artists Institute will have the unique opportunity to work on their craft in a small group setting with daily guidance from Blanco as the 2019 Artist-in-Residence. 

Want to Support Young Artists?

In addition to supporting students by attending our exciting upcoming events with Richard Blanco, consider making a difference in the educational lives of students by making a donation to the Pre-College & Youth Programs! Your donation enables us to offer these quality educational opportunities to students regardless of their family’s income.

Who is Young Artists Institute for? 

The Young Artists Institute is for highly artistically-motivated high school students who are completing grades 9-12 who can benefit from artistic exploration beyond the standard school curriculum. If you love to write, draw, paint, write or recite poetry this program is for you! Students who attend the Young Artists Institute are drawn to the arts and want to be surrounded by peers with similar interests in a supportive environment. If you think you might be a candidate for the Young Artists Institute but are not sure, give us a call. Young Artists Institute is a competitive program with limited spots so apply early.

What is Young Artists Institute?

The Young Artists Institute is a week-long summer residential program, held in Ashland, Oregon, on the Southern Oregon University campus. Students receive first-class instruction by professional artists in creative writing, poetry, theater, and visual arts through intensive hands-on workshops, mentoring, evaluation, and presentation of completed works. During the program accomplished artists will mentor students, supporting them to discover their own sources of inspiration and help them deepen their craft. In addition, students will learn to effectively collaborate with artists from other disciplines to create unique joint artistic projects.

Our goal is to provide a lively, supportive environment where students can stretch their talents, discover new strengths, and challenge themselves in the company of peers who share their interests. Come learn and create with other talented high school students who share your creative spark! 

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The Young Artists Institute is supported, in part, by the Oregon Cultural Trust. When you make a donation in support of any SOU Pre-College Youth Programs don't forget to double your impact FOR FREE by making a matching donation to the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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