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Published On: Thu, Feb 13th, 2014

Capicu Culture Launches School of Poetic Arts – La SoPA

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After nearly 7 years of producing some of the top cultural events in NYC – Capicu Cultural Showcase unveiled details of their latest project “The Capicu School of Poetic Arts” (La SoPA). This educational workshop series for ages 17 & up was born from the need for a communal space dedicated to the development of artistic skills that allow artists  to express themselves creatively while learning core principles that foster the longevity of their crafts. The series will be taught by some of NYC’s most seasoned teaching artists.

Led by Capicu Culture’s Award Winning Creative Director Juan “Papo Swiggity” Santiago and incorporating #LaSopa cofounder and #TeamCapicu member  Jani Rose along with legendary Nuyorican Poets Cafe Slam Team coach and #TeamCapicu member Keith Roach, La SoPA is a movement to nourish our generation of writers and performance poets of color and our friends in New York City and the surrounding areas.

Our current offerings include a Performance Poetry Workshop, facilitated by Author/ Slam Coach Emeritus Keith Roach at 10 AM, and a Writers Workshop, facilitated by author/educator Rich Villar at 12 PM. Course descriptions in the Registration links below.

Workshops will run on Saturdays for 6 weeks between September 20th and Saturday October 25th at Boricua College’s original campus, 9 Graham Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  Cost of workshops are $100 for each 6-week course, with a discounted cost of $150 if you take both workshops. 
The current Curriculum includes;

The Performance/Slam Poetry Workshop: Where’s My Dramaturgy?’ led by Keith Roach (longtime SlamMaster & coach at Nuyorican Poets Cafe): 10 AM

The Writers Workshop: Finding Your Poem’ led by Rich Villar ( Author, Educator & Director, Acentos Poetry ), 12:00 PM.

Our course ends with a capstone class in ‘Social Media And Marketing For Artists’ led by yours truly, which can be taken optionally as a stand-alone full course. 

asopaodepolloLa SoPA courses will guide the development of students’ voices and skills allowing translation of the human experience through their chosen artistic medium. As our school develops, we will include various courses that reflect the full range of the dynamic New York City arts scene so that our students will be sought out and booked on the basis of their impeccable vision and skill, and
provide them with the ability to optimize these moments in the spotlight with business savvy. Our founders and core facilitators have over 70 years of combined experience in Business & Arts development from prominent positions with established entities such as Bronx Council on the Arts, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Atlantic Records, Acentos Poetry Foundation, Image Cultura, Hispanicize, Latinos In Social Media, Capicu Culture and Sofrito For Your Soul.

We use the acronym SoPA, the Spanish word for soup, as a metaphor to illustrate the combining of these different voices and experiences like that of a hearty blend of ingredients necessary for the growth of a people. As a good sopa is to the body, good art is to the spirit. This coming together of different minds, artistic mediums, cultures and social elements create a healthful, satisfying stew cooked up to sate the needs we have identified in our communities. La SoPA’s courses blend harmoniously with Boricua College’s unique mission as the first private Hispanic college on the U.S. mainland, specifically designed to meet the educational needs of communities of color in the city.

 About Boricua College:

Located in the Williamsburg and Greenpoint sections of Brooklyn, as well as having campuses in the South Bronx and Washington Heights, it is an educational institution that exists amongst those who are a part of the Capicu movement. As a Puerto Rican institution, Boricua College seeks to strengthen Puerto Rican, Latino, and other traditionally marginalized communities. Our institution embraces the African-American community as brethren in this effort by integrating the historical, social, political, and economic background of its students, emphasizing the inseparability of culture and education in an effort toward progress of a people by focusing its learning activities on solutions to problems facing these communities. In doing so the College prepares students for effective community leadership.

NOTE: Students have up until the end of the weekend of the first class (September 20th at midnight) to ask for a full refund (minus Paypal fee). Afterwards, the payment will be non-refundable.

Your options would be to gift your seat to another interested student not currently in the program,  or defer your class until the next available offering.

Capicu Culture Launches School of Poetic Arts – La SoPA