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Youth Speaks Writing Workshops

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Youth Speaks poet giving a performance

Image courtesy of Youth Speaks

Kimball Education Gallery

Join Youth Speaks in a writing workshop. Workshops start at 11 am and noon. Participants will examine location, activity, and self, in an effort to understand the context in which they live. Drawing from a shared word palette, students will produce a descriptive poem about a moment in which they felt truly alive. Participants will make use of Youth Speaks’ fundamental concepts and tools: No Wrong Answers, The Standard is Yourself, the word palette, and free writing. 

This event is part of a three-part series of Free Saturday programs focusing on health, wellness, and food justice. Future dates to be announced. Learn more about part one of the series.

About the workshop leader

Gabriel Cortez is a Black biracial poet, educator, and organizer of Panamanian descent. His work has appeared in The New York Times, National Public Radio, The Rumpus, and volume four of The Breakbeat Poets Anthology. He is a Voices of Our Nations Arts fellow, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts  #BARS workshop alum, Palette Poetry Emerging Poet winner, and recipient of the Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize. Hel is a member of the artist collective, Ghostlines, co-founder of The Root Slam, an award-winning poetry venue dedicated to inclusivity, justice, and artistic growth, and co-founder of Write Home, a project working to challenge public perceptions of houselessness and shift critical resources to houseless Bay Area youth through spoken word poetry. Cortez works as Programs Director at Youth Speaks, one of the world’s leading presenters of spoken word performance, education, and youth development programs. For more on Gabriel, visit

About Youth Speaks 

Founded in 1996 in San Francisco, Youth Speaks is a leading presenter of spoken word performance, education, and youth development programs. Trailblazers of local and national youth poetry slams, festivals, and more, Youth Speaks offers a comprehensive slate of literary arts education programs and provides numerous opportunities for youth to be published and heard. Youth Speaks has worked with hundreds of thousands of youth and has helped create partner programs in 47 cities across the United States.

About the Equity School Partnership 

This new initiative is a collaboration between the Museums and public school leaders to better address the evolving needs of predominantly BIPOC students and teachers. We pair teaching artists and museum staff in classrooms to work hand-in-hand with teachers and their students to develop programming that is student-centric and focused on social-emotional and culturally relevant learning.

COVID-19 guidance 

Masking is strongly recommended but no longer required for members of the public or employees while in the museum.

Ticket Information

This program is free and open to the public. The workshop is limited to 30 people, ages 6 and up. RSVP here for the 11 to 11:45 am workshop. RSVP here for the noon to 12:45 pm workshop. Workshop attendees will receive bagged snacks. There will be a 5 min grace period. A paid ticket for museum admission is not required to attend.

Contact Information

Public Programs
(415) 750-7694