Arts, Culture, and Humanities

WORDSPACE

  • Dallas, TX
  • www.WordSpace.Us

Mission Statement

WordSpace promotes established and emerging artists who use imaginative language in both traditional and
experimental forms. Our programming celebrates our diversity of the community of writers and spoken word artists in Texas, and we bring to Dallas internationally recognized authors who embody both the history and future of the literary world. To introduce the literary scene to the widest possible audience, events take place throughout diverse Dallas neighborhoods.
Our goals are:
*To deliver quality programming directly to diverse neighborhoods that might not otherwise have access to professional, literary arts events
*To provide honoraria (and facilities) to support the work of emerging Dallas writers and focus their talents to connect with specific neighborhoods.
*To promote cross-cultural understanding and acceptance through artistic programming that neutralizes cultural and neighborhood stereotyping.

Main Programs

  1. Pegasus Reading Series
  2. African Diaspora: New Dialogues
  3. Next Generation
  4. Margo Jones Theatre Project
  5. Headliners
  6. Dallas Poetry Slam
  7. ArtSpeak
  8. First Hearings
  9. Latino Voices: International Impressions

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Service Areas

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Texas

WordSpace serves audiences and artist of the City of Dallas. Programming is delivered to 6 different zip codes within the city.

ruling year

1997

Executive Director since 2009

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Karen Minzer

Board President since 2010

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Charles Dee Mitchell

Keywords

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Arts, Culture and Humanities

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EIN

75-2610054

 Number

4227446979

Physical Address

926 Valencia

Dallas, TX 75223

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Program 1

Pegasus Reading Series

Pegasus Series (1st Mondays, Monthly, Feb.-Sept.): Sebastian Paramo curates the best of Texas writing and presents monthly poetry readings @ Kettle Arts. The series is immensely popular with younger writers, particularly university students focused on graduate work. Many of the writers have won or gone on to win significant awards. Featured readings are followed by an open mic. Pegasus has been recognized by Dallas Observer as “Best Poetry Night” in Dallas. Summer 2015, Pegasus presented a one day only 3 block long reading schedule, which is planned again for Summer 2016.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Budget

$4000

Program 2

African Diaspora: New Dialogues

African Diaspora: New Dialogues: 2015 Wright-Hurston award winner, author Sanderia Faye hosts Season Three of the African Diaspora series. The series will feature three authors from across the United States: Novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn, essayist/novelist Kiese Laymon, and poet/biographer Tyehimba Jess. WordSpace and SDCC launched the series in 2014. In outlining the series, WordSpace and South Dallas Cultural Center aimed to bring new literary voices to Dallas fans and to showcase the diversity of cultural offerings at the SDCC. The current series also represents the program’s success in bringing to Dallas distinguished writers of all backgrounds. The 2017 lineup was carefully selected to include a variety of voices from around the country. The visiting writers also visit local schools and universities to spend meaningful time with Dallas students.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Blacks

Female Adults

Budget

$8,000.00

Program 3

Next Generation

Next Generation: Since 2005, in collaboration with Booker T. Washington School for the Visual and Performing Arts, WS has engaged Dallas student writers in enriching and educational experiences. In festivals, annual all-city student showcases, salons, open mics, and slam performance workshops, WordSpace has shared the network of writers and educators that comprise its programming, as well. Celebrated writers visit local schools and universities to spend meaningful time with students. Summer 2016, WordSpace will present its second year of theatrical developmental workshops at Hampton-Illinois Branch Library in South Oak Cliff, taught by veteran drama instructor, writer and director, Maggie Smith.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$1,000.00

Program 4

Margo Jones Theatre Project

Margo Jones Theatre Project (February, April, June, July). WordSpace is a new series created in 2016 in collective partnership with Friends of the Margo Jones Theatre. The series features script development readings, musical and spoken word performances and film at Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park. Brenda Randall, Lyn Lyric, Darius Safavi, Cottonmouth, They Say The Wind Made Them Crazy, In the Words of a Sistah and film by Richard Bailey are among the artists who will be presented at Margo Jones Theatre 2017.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$2,000.00

Program 5

Headliners

Celebrity artists are curated to perform in Dallas. 2017: Dan Savage and Meredith Monk Quartet.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Gays/Lesbians

Budget

$41,250.00

Program 6

Dallas Poetry Slam

Dallas Poetry Slam (3rd Fridays, Monthly, Jan.-Sept.): WordSpace has sponsored a feature reading series since 2006. Initiated by WordSpace board member RockBaby (Roderick Goudy) and hosted by Sherrie Zantea (Candy). Both “Grand Masters” are celebrated winners of national championships. They feature the best of local and touring poetry slam. In addition to the monthly reader, next year’s highlights include Women of the World Poetry Slam Competition (March 15-19). The festival will bring in hundreds of writers and performers from across the country.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$2,500.00

Program 7

ArtSpeak

ArtSpeak (5 events, Feb.-Sept.): WordSpace board member Steve Cruz curates performance art in conjunction with exhibition openings at MFA Gallery in North Oak Cliff. The series offers an opportunity for visual artists to present an additional dimension of their talent. Cruz is a community leader for Latino artists and gallery owners seeking to promote and cross-pollinate artists from all cultural backgrounds.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$1,000.00

Program 8

First Hearings

First Hearings (Monthly): WordSpace board member Charles Dee Mitchell curates a Texas author series in North Oak Cliff at the independent book store The Wild Detectives. It is a highly regarded series with an engaged audience. Genre fiction, nonfiction and poetry are presented. Past authors have included Christopher Carmona, Manuel Martinez, and Asian Studies scholar Michael J. Farmer.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$1,500.00

Program 9

Latino Voices: International Impressions

This series brings in international writers from Mexico and other Latin American countries to share their work in Dallas. In 2017, WordSpace will present Natalia Toleda , whose work has been translated from Nuatl into numerous languages. She will be performance with translation, video and music.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Hispanics

Budget

$3500

Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

WordSpace serves audiences and artist of the City of Dallas. Programming is delivered to 6 different zip codes within the city.

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Executive Director

Karen Minzer

Board President

Charles Dee Mitchell

BIO

Karen Minzer, Executive Director, is a writer and performer with over 35 years' experience coordinating literary events
around the country. She studied at Naropa Institute's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, apprenticing
with Allen Ginsberg and other Naropa luminaries, including Robert Creeley and Anne Waldman. She is a 2015 Dallas
Observer MasterMind winner and MFA student at University of Texas at Dallas. Ms. Minzer is a leader focused on promoting diversity, interdisciplinary programming, racial equity, women's voice, expanding audiences, and linking the local scene to national and international performers. She *maintains commitment to provide local artists venues and honoraria * Expands and evolves programming targeting area students *Implemented WordSpace branding
strategies * Developed partnerships for sold out celebrity events * Quadrupled number of annual programs, partners, and funding.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Founded in 1994 by the Dallas poet Robert Trammell, WordSpace (WS) is Dallas' oldest 501(c)3 literary
organization. From its inception, WS has prioritized inclusivity and cultural diversity, presenting the broadest possible spectrum of programs that connects artists to underserved neighborhoods and audiences. WS is honored to have hosted in Dallas such significant artists as Laurie Anderson, Andrei Codrescu, Dagoberto Gilb, Joy Harjo, and Nikki Giovanni. The programs have provided local artists the opportunity to interact with celebrated artists, often in neighborhoods that would not otherwise have such cultural programming. WS also considers songwriting and the other performing arts to be integral to a literary landscape, and crossing artistic disciplines enhances our programming. Our poetry readings, book signings, poetry slams, salons, theatre series and spoken word performances draw from the diverse
talent pool Dallas has to offer. These fifty or more events per season, featuring dozens of writers, are the heart of what we do. Paying honoraria to all participants was a core principle for Robert Trammel and has remained so for the organization he created. WS pursues partnerships with neighborhood business and arts organizations to provide venue and promotional support. In 2010, WS created an ofAce and production space in Oak Cliff to contribute
significantly to the cultural enrichment of that neighborhood. WS began reading and performance series, as well as youth poetry workshops targeting Oak Cliff's vibrant Latino community. In 2011, WS became one of the first organizations to host regular live-skype readings and exchanges between writers around the country, as well as half dozen cities internationally. In 2012, WS began branching out into a neighborhood delivery model for its programming. In South Dallas, WS initiated the African Diaspora reading series. In North Dallas, WS expanded its ten
year partnership with Dallas Poetry Slam to sponsor workshops for its national competition team and partner with the Women of the World Festival in March 2016. WS partners with Latino Cultural Center to bring international, Latino writers to Dallas, such as Oaxacan poet Natalia Toledo. WordSpace is a 2015 recipient of the Dallas Observer's Mastermind Awards. Programming advisors include managers of city facilities, acclaimed artists, and city officials. "

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Charles Dee Mitchell

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