In collaboration with Journeyman Ink, DaVerse uses 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
Learn. We build a curriculum that teaches and develops students’ skills in the spoken word craft of their choosing (poetry, rap, song, performance, etc.).
Practice. We provide ongoing instruction through after-school clubs and events.
Perform. We provide a unique open-mic setting at DaVerse Lounge, including live music and art, to showcase their work throughout the year.
Register for a DaVerse Works Club
Volunteer for DaVerse Lounge
Volunteers are needed to help with event set-up, greeting students and families as they arrive, help students sign-up to perform, support the different event activities, and more. Big Thought’s DaVerse Lounge team will assign volunteer roles at the start of the shift.
DaVerse Works Clubs are at the following campuses
Dallas ISD Middle Schools
Eduardo Mata Montessori
Harry Stone Montessori
Ignite Middle School
Oliver W. Holmes Middle School
Raul Quintanilla Sr. Middle School
Robert T. Hill Middle School
Sam Tasby Middle School (Vickery Meadow Eagle Scholars)
Big Thought is presented with the Texas Medal of Arts Award for Art Education. Given by the Texas Cultural Trust, the TMA Awards celebrate Texans who have enriched the unique culture of Texas. (2013)
Big Thought celebrates its 25th anniversary. President/CEO, Gigi Antoni, co-authors More than the sum of its parts: Collaboration & Sustainability in Arts Education, with Thomas Wolf. (2012)
President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities selects Big Thought President/CEO Gigi Antoni as a “Champion of Change,” serving on a White House panel highlighting best practices in arts education. (2011)
The Wallace Foundation and RAND Corporation select Dallas & Big Thought’s Thriving Minds summer camp program to participate in a three-year longitudinal study on summer learning loss tracking the impact of comprehensive summer programs on the academic success of incoming fourth graders in six U.S. cities. (2011)
The trustees of Communities Foundation of Texas, who oversee the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation, award a $2-million challenge grant to Big Thought to build a coordinated system upon the framework of its out-of-school-time initiative, Thriving Minds. (2010)
The Wallace Foundation awards Big Thought an $8M grant to plan and implement a citywide creative learning system and renews its commitment with a four-year $4.3M gift to continue implementation. (2010, 2005)
The Texas Education Agency awards three five-year grants to manage Big Thought’s Thriving Minds After-School program in 33 Dallas ISD schools. (2010, 2009, 2008)
Americans for the Arts presents Big Thought with the Arts Education Award given annually to the organization identified as the best in arts education program design, execution, as well as leadership. (2009)
Big Thought is selected by the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee to design and execute the largest-ever youth-education program for the NFL in conjunction with Super Bowl XLV. (2009)
Big Thought publishes More Than Measuring outlining the organization’s philosophy and assessment. (2007)
The U.S. Department of Education awards a $1.1 million Model Development and Dissemination Grant to support Big Thought’s ArtsPartners National Model and provides an additional $1 million grant to train arts specialists as arts integration resources to strengthen the program. (2006, 2003)
Big Thought receives the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Coming Up Taller Award. (2004)
The Ford Foundation awards Big Thought grants to develop a family learning and parent advocacy component as part of the Dallas ArtsPartners program (2003)