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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Education, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement

Mission: InsideOut Literary Arts Project places professional creative writers as teachers and mentors in schools to engage K-12 students in the pleasure and power of poetry and literary self-expression. InsideOut uses innovative classroom techniques and celebrates students’ creativity by providing performance opportunities and publishing their work.

Programs: Writing workshops for students, including in-school writers, residencies, professional publications of student work, and public presentations.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

As a professional writer and former educator and business owner, I was impressed with the fire and commitment to the InsideOut Literary Arts Project displayed by the Founder and Executive Director, Terry Blackhawk. Her enthusiasm is contagious. Since then, I have become a donor to this critical project that can change children's lives as they discover their creative selves and speak out. I have read and been moved by the work of these children. I have met the artists who teach and give their deepest selves to keep this program alive and growing. Detroit needs such voices, such belief and such commitment to succeed.



Rating: 5

The creativity and quality shining through the poems written by students in the Inside Out program are a true inspiration to writers of all ages. Here is an idea that really works. Congratulations to all who participate in this fruitful effort.