Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Split This Rock Inc

  • Washington, DC
  • www.splitthisrock.org

Mission Statement

Founded in 2008, Split This Rock calls poets to a greater role in public life and fosters a national network of socially engaged poets. From our home in the nation’s capital, we celebrate poetic diversity and the transformative power of the imagination.

Main Programs

  1. Split This Rock Poetry Festival
  2. Split This Rock Poem of the Week
  3. Readings & Workshops
  4. Infusing Poetry into Community & Political Action
  5. Fostering Young Voices
Service Areas

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National

Split This Rock is a national organization with deep roots in the Washington, DC, poetry community.

ruling year

2009

Principal Officer

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Sarah Browning

Keywords

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poetry, social justice, poetry festival, socially engaged, activist

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EIN

26-4559492

 Number

6881044877

Physical Address

1112 16th Street NW Suite 600

Washington, DC 20036

Also Known As

Split This Rock

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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Split This Rock's two biennial festivals have brought socially engaged poets to DC from  all over the country for
four days of poetry, community building, and creative transformation. The
festivals feature readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth
programming, film, activism — opportunities to imagine a way forward, hone our
activist skills, and celebrate the many ways that poetry can act as an agent
for social change.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Split This Rock Poetry Festival

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness calls poets to a greater role in public life and fosters a national network of socially engaged poets. Building the audience for poetry of provocation and witness from our home in the nation’s capital, we celebrate poetic diversity and the transformative power of the imagination.
Every two years, Split This Rock Poetry Festival invites poets, writers, and activists to Washington, DC, for four days of poetry, community building, and creative transformation. The festival features readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, parties, activism — opportunities to imagine a way forward, hone our activist skills, and celebrate the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for social change.
We hope you'll join us for the next Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness, March 22-25, 2012. As people’s movements erupt here at home and throughout the world in response to political repression and environmental degradation, the festival will consider the relationship of poets and poetry to power and to the challenges to power.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Split This Rock Poem of the Week

Split
This Rock’s Poem of the Week reaches
thousands nationwide who might not otherwise be reading poetry of provocation
and witness. Teachers are using the poems in classrooms around the country, introducing
young people to contemporary poetry of provocation and witness, and MFA
students are circulating them widely, as are activists and policy experts.

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Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Program 3

Readings & Workshops

Split
This Rock’s cornerstone year-round program is the monthly Sunday Kind of Love poetry series at Busboys and Poets,
complemented by quarterly poetry workshops at Split This Rock partner, the
Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). This year three readings will be
cosponsored by other groups, such as Letras Latinas and the Fall for the Book
Festival, allowing us to present prominent poets to whom we might not otherwise
have access. Our goal for the series is to offer poetry programming of a high
artistic standard that reflects the diversity of our city and of the series’
audiences and to provide DC poets an opportunity to study with nationally
prominent poets.

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Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Program 4

Infusing Poetry into Community & Political Action

Split
This Rock poets engage in social justice campaigns, community events,
and fundraisers, infusing the power and complexity of poetic speech into
public life. In the coming year, we plan to focus our social engagement on freedom of
expression for artists and for all. With renewed attacks on artistic
expression, Split This Rock will mobilize poets to use poetry to
creatively speak for artistic freedom and freedom of speech. We will
devise campaigns that effectively demonstrate the necessity for free
expression, while reaching large numbers with the power and emotional
impact of poetry.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Program 5

Fostering Young Voices

Split This
Rock sponsors The
World & Me, a contest for young writers who live or go to school
in the District of Columbia,
encouraging them to write poems relating to family, personal identity, or
politics. Winning and finalist poets read at a community celebration and their poems are published on a broadside distributed free
at the reading. Split This Rock also sponsors the DC Youth Slam
Team, recruiting and training young
spoken word artists, leading each year to competition at Brave New Voices,
the national youth poetry slam. Split This Rock provides artistic
guidance and access to adult poetry mentors and teachers from a wide
variety of poetic backgrounds and styles.
Our goal with all our youth programming is to encourage DC young people to
find their voices; to teach the art and craft of poetry to DC youth; to
share the poetry of DC youth with broad audiences; and to engage DC young
people in conversations with one another and with older poets and mentors
about the range of issues they face in a rapidly changing city and world.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Service Areas

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National

Split This Rock is a national organization with deep roots in the Washington, DC, poetry community.

Funding Needs

Split This Rock seeks to increase the number of individual donors who support poetry in public life. Please feel free to contact us at info@splitthisrock.org with questions or concerns. Thank you for your support!

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SPLIT THIS ROCK INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Principal Officer

Sarah Browning

BIO

Sarah Browning has over 25 years experience in arts and social change organizations, most of them in positions of management. She is an award-winning poet, author of Whiskey in the Garden of Eden, and co-editor of D.C. Poets Against the War: An Anthology. She is an associate fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies and poetry co-editor of On The Issues Magazine.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Split This Rock is unique: the only organization bringing poets together with social change organizations and presenting a wide diversity of socially engaged poets  in cyber space and on the stages and in the streets of our nation's capital. In just a few short years, Split This Rock has created a home for socially engaged poets, a platform – a national stage – from which to speak their poetic truths, their analyses and prophesies, their visions for a better future. Split This Rock strengthens these essential voices, gives them legitimacy, amplifies and broadens their impact."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dan Vera

White Crane Journal

Term: 2012 -

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