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Poetry: What’s in a Name

Class Details

What to Expect

To start each class, we will discuss a specific aspect of identity: how the world perceives us, how we define ourselves and how these intersect. We will use poems of renowned Spoken Word poets to peak into how identity is used. Following our discussion, we will visit a DAM exhibit to discuss how identity is reflected in the art. For the second half of our class, we will create poems that express emerging parts of our own identity. Then, get ready for a little poetry reading of our own!

Class Timeline

This class meets every Wednesday for 4 weeks from March 1 to March 22 at 10 am-12 pm.

  • Class 1: The True Untold Story of (Your Name); "The Danger of a Single Story" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
  • Class 2: How big do we allow ourselves to be (On Nicknames); "I am Sugarcane" by Toluwanimi Obiwole.
  • Class 3: Names as Reclamation; "Give Your Daughters Difficult Names" by Assétou Xango.
  • Class 4: How we call each other; "Say My Name" by Idris Goodwin.

Materials

All materials are included in class pricing and will be provided to students on the first day of class.

Pricing

All materials are included in the price of the class.

  • Museum Friends: $190
  • Member: $205
  • Student: $205
  • Non-Member: $240

Learn more about the benefits of a DAM membership and the Museum Friends program.

About the Educator

Assétou Xango (AH-say-too SHAWN-go) is a Colorado based artist and facilitator. Xango has been featured on HBO's Brave New Voices in 2010 and are a two-time TEDxMileHigh Speaker. Xango was a Fellow of the Academy of American Poet Laureates in 2021 and has been published by many prestigious organizations such as Westword and Poets.org. Xango is the Emeritus Poet Laureate of Aurora, Colorado (2017-2021) and founder of Dark Goddess Collective. In all of their work, Xango is dedicated to the visibility and rights of womxn and gender non-conforming people of color, through storytelling to dismantle binaries and divisions.

Learn more at assetouxango.com.

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