Louder Than A Bomb

Louder than a bomb
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DESCRIPTION

Louder Than A Bomb is a youth poetry slam event for youth aged 13-19 that started in Chicago and was brought to Cincinnati by the UC Taft Center for the Humanities in 2015. The event included several local schools and collaborations with local poets. The semi-finals were held at DAAP and the finals were held on April 18, 2015 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. In these competitions, the stage, DJ booth, background and associated elements were designed and built by MetroLAB students. This evolved following extensive research into poetry slam events as well as incredible construction material studies. MetroLAB students worked directly with the young poets to translate their spoken word into the physical environment of the Louder Than A Bomb event. Final products included benches that highlighted poetry in multiple media, a modular stage, backdrop and DJ booth.

LTAB Cincy website: http://louderthanabombcincy.com

PARTNERS

Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati Public Schools
Elementz, Word Play
DAAP
UC Office of the Chief Diversity Officer – Blauzette Marshall
McMicken College of Arts and Science
UC Department of Africana Studies
MetroLAB
 

SPONSORS                                                     FACULTY

Taft Center for the Humanities                              Terry Boling
Kroger Co.
UC Office of Equity and Inclusion
Elementz

 
2015 SPRING PARTICIPANTS

Alexis Colton
Brandon Dalessandro
John Elliot
Margaret Frank
Megan Gotsch
Galeb Herrick
Michael Kaufman
Daniel Kruk
Carolyn Lindgren
Shay Myers
Alexander Nyktas
Luke Sheron
Evan Solic
Anh Tran
Alexandra Vanderburgh
Nikki Weitz

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2016 SPRING STUDIO

In year 2 of Louder than a Bomb Cincy, MetroLAB students re-evaluated the year 1 interventions through interactions with previous participants and identified potential updates and additions to the existing elements. Some of the critical updates include creating a new backdrop out of old book pages, lighting the stage platform and updating the DJ booth. They also created an exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center that involved three different types of interactive spaces about youth poetry. Students also created a film highlighting the design process.

SPONSORS                                                       FACULTY  

Taft Center for the Humanities                                 Terry Boling            
Kroger Co. 
UC Office of Equity and Inclusion
Elementz

SPRING 2016 PARTICIPANTS

H. Westendorf
Ashlyn Farwell
L. Thompson
Charles Tylinski
Tom Mahoney
S. Douglass
Jacob Anderson
Brittany Faulman
Aline Oliveira
Matthew Miller
Katelyn Taylor
Clark Sabula
Samuel Tibbs
Tianna Williams