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After months of practice and creative growth, Hampton Roads teens will showcase their talents at Teens With a Purpose (TWP) ImmortALL Poetry and Performance Season Finalewhich will take place at Zeiders American Dream Theater, 4509 Commerce St., from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, April 24.
This program, now in its second season, is the result of a partnership between the Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department, Virginia Beach History Museums (VBHM), Princess Anne Country Training School/Union Kempsville High School Alumni and Friends Association ( PACTS/UKHS) and Teens With a Purpose inviting Hampton Roads teenagers to discover local African-American history while learning the living art of performance poetry.
“We are thrilled to expand this partnership, which encourages teens to build their confidence and creative skills, as well as immerse themselves in living local history,” said Emily Labows, director of Virginia’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Beach. “We look forward to welcoming a full in-person audience to share these experiences with these exceptional young artists.”
In ImmortALL, performative poetry and modern social change meet oral history and the civil rights movement in this unique program. The Virginia Beach teenagers met former students of PACTS/UKHS, as well as professional poets from TWP. During the monthly sessions leading up to the final, the teenagers engaged with PACTS/UKHS alumni from classes 1943-1969, learned about the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum of VBHM and attended TWP performance poetry workshops. During the final performance, the teenagers will present their reinterpretations of local oral history through the lens of their own experiences with current events.
“Young people are setting the course for what the future will be like. They are our learners and our teachers, if we listen to them,” said Deirdre Love, CEO of Teens With a Purpose. “ImmortALL values their voice and offers audience members the opportunity to shine their poetic perspective on the past and their aspirations for the future.”
During the April 24 program, TWP will also announce the 2022 Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate. TWP accepted submissions from young Hampton Roads poets, rappers, leaders, and activists ages 14-19 who wanted to represent the area as a Hampton Roads Young Poet Laureate and are making a difference in their community. The Hampton Roads Young Poet Laureate is part of the National Young Poet Laureate Network.
The program is free, but prior registration is required. Visit the TWP ImmortALL Finale page to register. All attendees must also adhere to Zeiders American Dream Theater’s COVID-19 policies.
Registration for the TWP ImmortALL Finals will also include free admission to the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 23 for a special engagement with the alumni of the school, which was the first secondary school for Africans. Americans in Virginia Beach. The museum is located inside the Renaissance Academy of Virginia Beach City Public Schools, 5100 Cleveland St.
the ImmortALL Poetry and Performance Season Finale will also be streamed live for free on TWP’s YouTube and Facebook accounts, as well as the Virginia Beach Arts Facebook page, beginning at 5 p.m. on April 24.
Poetry workshops for ImmortALL aimed to help students explore the stories shared by PACTS/UKHS alumni, as well as their own experiences. The teenagers worked to capture the ideals and history of the community that built PACTS/UKHS while calling for greater understanding, fairness and social change. Videos of the monthly workshops can be viewed on the Teens With a Purpose YouTube channel.
TWP workshops are supported in part by funding from the Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission.
ABOUT TEENS WITH A PURPOSE
Teens With a Purpose was formed in 1996 by Deirdre Love. In 2007, Teens With a Purpose became TWP-The Youth Movement, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization. The organization celebrates over 21 years of experience delivering peer-to-peer leadership training and has been recognized regionally and nationally. Our mission is to create a platform that empowers young people to use their voice, creativity, thinking and action to influence personal growth, transform lives and impact communities.
TWP intersects youth development practices; civic engagement, peer leadership and high quality artistic presentation creating safe inclusive spaces that inspire young people to find, develop, publicly present and apply their voices as creators of positive social change. TWP is committed to developing young leaders who positively impact their neighbors, classmates, schools, governments, congregations and each other.
ABOUT PRINCESS ANNE COUNTY TRAINING SCHOOL / UNION KEMPSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL MUSEUM
Princess Anne County Training School was the first high school for African Americans in Princess Anne County, now known as Virginia Beach. The school is the result of the African American community working together in the 1930s to raise funds to build a school so that their children could receive a proper education. The initial money raised was used to purchase four acres of land on Witchduck Road. The school board received the land and $2,000, but made no attempt to build a school. As a result, in 1934 a temporary school was established on Union Baptist Church property. In 1938, a four-class secondary school was finally built, and between 1949 and 1962 several additions were made to the school. In 1962, Princess Anne County Training School changed its name to Union Kempsville High School. After more than 30 years of operation, Union Kempsville High School graduated last in 1969 due to citywide school integration. Today, the school’s legacy continues with the establishment of the museum which shares stories of family, community, sacrifice and the importance of education. The museum is located within the Renaissance Academy of Virginia Beach City Public Schools. If you are an alumnus of the school or want to support the museum, learn more about the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Alumni and Friends Association at www.pacts-ukhs.org .
ABOUT THE CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS:
The Virginia Beach Department of Cultural Affairs engages residents and visitors through meaningful arts, heritage, and cultural experiences to connect and strengthen communities. The department assists and directs the Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission, coordinates the city’s public art program, oversees Virginia Beach’s history museums, provides contract management for the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, serves as liaison with Virginia MOCA and the ViBe Creative District, and is a resource for local arts and humanities organizations.
ABOUT VIRGINIA BEACH CITY HISTORY MUSEUMS:
The Virginia Beach City History Museums, a division of the Virginia Beach Department of Cultural Affairs, include Thoroughgood House, Francis Land House, Lynnhaven House, and Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum. As part of the municipal government of the City of Virginia Beach, the Department of Cultural Affairs engages residents and visitors through meaningful arts, heritage, and cultural experiences to connect and strengthen communities. Visit www.museumsvb.org for more information and follow @VBHistoryMuseums on Facebook and Instagram, and @VBHistMuseums on Twitter, to stay up to date on all Virginia Beach history museum events and news.