DaVerse Lounge

Program Lead

Allison Caldwell, Youth Development Senior Manager
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Will Richey, Creator, DaVerse Lounge
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DaVerse Lounge is supported by TACA, Dallas Mavericks, and State Farm.

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The Challenge

The lack of access to performing arts and other modes of self-expression, plus the absence of safe havens for creative exchanges, widens the opportunity gap for young people.

The Solution

In collaboration with Journeyman Ink, we use empathy and imagination to help middle and high school students find their voice through a tailored teaching curriculum, after-school clubs, workshops, and DaVerse Lounge spoken word events at Life in Deep Ellum.

Our Three-Tiered Approach

  1. Learn. We build a curriculum that teaches and develops students’ skills in the spoken word craft of their choosing (poetry, rap, song, performance, etc.).
  2. Practice. We provide ongoing instruction through after-school clubs and events.
  3. Perform. We provide a unique open-mic setting at DaVerse Lounge, including live music and art, to showcase their work throughout the year.
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