Written by: Melanie Johnson

Poets look to slam competition

By Melanie Johnson

April 10, 2013

  Twelve poets. Three minutes. Four spots. At 8 p.m. on April 20, 12 of the Triangle’s best poets will compete to earn one of four spots on the 2013 Bull City Slam Team, which will represent Durham in the National Poetry Slam in August. At Grand Slam Finals, top-scoring poets from the Hayti Heritage […]

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KidZNotes music program changes young students’ lives

By Melanie Johnson

March 27, 2013

By Melanie Johnson Durham VOICE Staff Writer While watching a 2008 “60 Minutes” special on El Sistema, a system of youth orchestras created in Venezuela to combat child poverty, Lucia Powe had an idea: “Let’s bring this to Durham.” Powe was 77 years old at the time. But that didn’t stop her. “I turned to […]

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‘An Evening of Entertainment’ to showcase Durham youth

By Melanie Johnson

February 19, 2013

For one night only, nearly 600 Durham public school children will occupy the stage of the Durham Performing Arts Center. At 7 p.m. on Feb. 21, elementary, middle and high school students from across the district be featured in “An Evening of Entertainment,” a fundraiser for the Durham Public Schools Scholarship Foundation. The event, which […]

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Arts in Action program inspires change

By Melanie Johnson

February 6, 2013

“Music. Dance. Marriage.” These are the words fourth graders at Eastway Elementary School are chanting in their hour-long Arts in Action dance class each week. For the next 16 weeks, fourth-graders at Eastway will meet every Thursday in their school’s gymnasium. They will learn intricate, high-energy choreography set to music from trained instructors and a […]

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