On October 19th, our “Before I Die…” project culminated with a performance at Gallery Aferro. High school students from Newark joined two Dodge Poets to take the writings from the wall and craft them into a new performance. They worked all afternoon—sacrificing a beautiful fall Saturday—doing some writing of their own, doing theatre exercises to become comfortable with performing, and creating a reading that was at times funny, at times inspiring, and always human.
Here you’ll find a few photographs, and a few snippets of the writings.
Before I Die I want to…
Be a volunteer
Let everyone know, I forgive.
Gamble with heartbreak.
Slap a hater.
Walk a mile in another man’s shoes.
See the death of bigotry.
Be a hero to someone.
Special Thanks to:
Adjo, Erica, Odalis, Essence and Naijasia from University High School; Yanice from Science Park High School; Jessica, Amir and Dianeth from North Star College Preparatory High School.
Karen Gaylord, Community Engagement Specialist at Science Park High School; Donna Grape, English Teacher at University High School and Matthew McCluskey, English Teacher at North Star College Preparatory High School.
Vincent Toro and Gretna Wilkinson
Emma Wilcox, Evonne Davis and Jacob Mandel from Gallery Aferro; Jade Lien and Linwood Oglesby from the Newark Arts Council.