Hamilton Youth Poets,
Hamilton Youth Poets
Hamilton Youth Poets (HYP) was created in 2012 to give our community’s youth the opportunity to develop their creative skills and have their voices heard. HYP has grown steadily and evolved into an arts organization that engages Hamilton youth in the act of telling their own stories through spoken word, verse, multimedia, poetry slam, and new age journalism. This year-round work is then celebrated every spring in an awe inspiring culmination of our annual festival, Louder Than A Bomb Canada: Youth Poetry Festival (LTABC).
We believe in putting the art, culture and tools of the telling of stories into the hands of young citizens. When our young people can tell and re-tell their histories in context of public platforms, they are able to imagine and re-imagine their individual and collective identities, and become culturally grounded in their own experiences. Through the listening to and telling of authentic stories, participants – both performers and audience members—gain understandings of one’s city that can result in new empathies for difference among its members, and the place(s) we call home.