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The Namesake Project provides students the opportunity to research their school and/or community “namesake(s)” and origins as a catalyst for creating a piece of critical, place-based writing. Students who participate in our workshops have the opportunity to be published in an anthology, which offers greater visibility and validation to their commitment of building writing skills.

 

This year's Namesake Anthology will be published and ready for distribution in December 2022.

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The Namesake Project is a community outreach initiative facilitated by Tri-City Collective and the Tulsa Artist Fellowship

 
Program goals and desired outcomes
  • The Namesake Project offers community art and engagement for students across several platforms;

  • Place-based writing to help students forge a deeper connection to their community;

  • Gaining the knowledge that even the name of a school is fraught with history, politics, and power;

  • Honing research skills;

  • An understanding of the context of their community, along with its values and changing priorities;

  • Engagement with working artists to better comprehend the writing life and practice;

  • Embedding the importance of writing in strengthening identity, community, and educational development.

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Program Leaders

Quraysh Ali Lansana is a poet, author and educator. He is author of nine poetry books, three textbooks, four children's books, editor of eight anthologies, and coauthor of a book of pedagogy. He is Tulsa Artist Fellow, Director for the Center for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation and a Professor at Oklahoma State University – Tulsa.

Nick Alexandrov has a Ph.D. in History from George Washington University, and currently teaches English at Hale High School. He has taught high school for four years, and has written and published extensively.

Upcoming Namesake Workshops
  • What Comes Next for Opal Writing Workshop
    Jul 25, 9:30 AM CDT – Jul 30, 3:30 PM CDT
    ahha Tulsa, 101 E Archer St, Tulsa, OK 74103, USA
    July 25-29 | 9:30 am-3:30 pm | Lunch Provided A free summer writing workshop giving high school students the opportunity to research their school and/or community “namesake(s)” and origins as a catalyst for creating a piece of critical, place-based writing.