poetry around the peninsula
"There is something both precious and gripping in hearing a twelve year old speak with focus and courage as they bring the voice of the poem to life.”— Joshua McCarey, OHA Education Associate
In honor of National Poetry Month, Voice.2.Voice Poetry Project, now in its 4th year, offers middle school students across seven local schools the opportunity to engage with poetry through performance. Over the month of April, visiting teaching artists lead performance-based workshops across Deer Isle and Blue Hill Peninsula classrooms.
Voice.2.Voice challenges students to investigate, interpret, memorize, and perform a poem of their choice from an anthology curated by McCarey. These workshops offer the tools to tap into one’s authentic voice and use it fully to express that of the published poet. Together students, teachers, and Opera House Arts staff have created a culture of deep listening, risk-taking, critical thinking, and an exploration of what it means to communicate with excellence.
photo | Dan Rajter