Spoken Word & Hip Hop Institute 2009

June 22-26, 2009

Presented by the MN Spoken Word Association and the U of M’s Department of English

Quick Overview:

This is the second Spoken Word and Hip Hop Institute hosted by the MN Spoken Word Association (MNSWA) and the University of Minnesota’s English Department. This summit will bring together a number of distinguished Hip Hop and Spoken Word practitioners, scholars and poet-scholars from the Twin Cities and the Midwest. Highlights of the summit include networking, classes and workshops, a citywide performance showcase/finale, and open discourse around the practice, integration, and possibilities of spoken word poetics and hip hop in classes, research, community work, and curriculum. MNSWA’s E.G. Bailey has presented similar classes and institutes in other cities in the past and facilitated the institute last year alongside University of MN’S Geoff Sirc. This institute has become an annual event that nurtures strategy and discourse on the usage of these urban art forms.

Summit Instructors:

E.G. Bailey (MN Spoken Word Association) and Geoffrey Sirc (University of MN) in addition to guest instructors.

Summit Facilitators:  Shá Cage (MN Spoken Word Association) and Terri Sutton (Uof MN- English Department )

What Should I Generally Expect:

The summit will incorporate a combination of lectures, performance demos, listening sessions, interactive activities, pedagogy, and discussion. Instructors should leave the institute with clear ideas and support around integrating and reaching students through urban arts in the classroom as well as pathways to brining MNSWA artist educators into their schools and classrooms. Students will be encouraged in experimentation and practice of writing and cultural and historical analysis. Each day participants will meet in a communal space on campus then move to identified classes for each session. Larger performances will be held in the auditorium, and community members from the wider Twin Cities/Midwest may be invited as guests.

Dates/Time: Monday June 22nd – Friday June 26th | Sessions are 9am-3 pm daily. The finale concert is on Friday June 26th at 7pm and engages participant performances and guest performances.


Ideal participants include high school student leaders who are highly  interested in learning more about the history, culture, and practice of these arts forms as well as middle and high school k-12 teachers who are interested in the usage of these art forms in secondary education, whether for the purposes of creative writing or for academic research, analysis, and writing. The institute serves as both a platform for the University of MN to introduce students to post secondary education……. in addition to inviting educators and schools interested in bringing MNSWA’s programs into their schools-as a solid first step towards introducing new ways to stimulate their student’s learning. Preference will be given to students and teachers who did not participate in 2008.

Location: Sessions at the U of M. Selected applicants will receive maps once registered.

Food: Water and light lunch will be provided for breaks each day.