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Free after-school workshops for teens announced

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Officials from AOC Community Media announced that its after-school teen MUSE program will host a "Stories-in-Motion" workshop series based on the Lafayette Reads Together book selection, The Crossover by Kwame Alexander.  

The workshops will challenge teens (ages 12-18) to explore multiple forms of art - from poetic arts to performing arts - and merge these forms with fun digital elements in a captivating way. Teens will tap into their inner rhyme and creativity to produce multimedia stories and visuals that reflect their own thoughts, adventures, and experiences. 

The Lafayette Reads Together program is a community-wide experience that will begin January 10 and conclude on March 15. Lafayette Parish School System 7th and 8th graders will read The Crossover as part of their class assignment. The book is an introduction to the popular fiction style of novel in verse. The Crossover tells the story of 12-year-old twin brothers Josh and Jordan. Told from Josh's perspective, the book tells of the brothers' highs and lows both on and off the basketball court. Readers will learn all about shifting family dynamics, from siblings growing apart to experiencing a parent's declining health. 

AOC Community Media MUSE sessions scheduled for February are as follows:

Monday, February 5, 4:30-6pm Express Yo'Self

Guest instructor Alex Johnson, writer/poet and founder of the local spoken word organization Lyrically Inclined, will guide MUSE participants to practice and explore creative self-expression through a series of fun rhythm and role-play exercises.

Monday, February 19, 4:30-6pm Digital Storytelling

Participants will record narrations of poems/short stories, then bring them to life with digital assets including images, music, and text to produce their own digital video mashup.

Monday, February 26, 4:30-6pm MEME-oirs (Memoirs)

Participants will create their own version of Hemingway's six-word stories and use digital tools to create visual images (or MEMEs) that support their stories.

The AOC MUSE program is free of charge. However, participants are encouraged to pre-register on the website: aocinc.org/learn.asp.

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