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artist & community initiatives



p.i.n. - Poets in need


P.I.N.s is a fundraising initiative to assist poets and artists in need of financial assistance to support them in building an artistic career and growing their craft. P.I.N.s aims to alleviate financial hardships so that artists may find more ease in mastering and pursuing their artistry. Whether it be for professional endeavors or development – financial support while working on a new project, wanting to pay for training/development in art field, class fees, personal life – the P.I.N.s initiative fund is our way of providing support and pouring into artists the many ways they have poured into their communities. 

Please support us in reaching our goal by donating to the fund and pledging to support artists in creating equity within their artistic careers and building communities where art can thrive, heal, and unite. If you’re a poet or artist in need of financial support you may apply to receive a reward from this fund.

writer's room


Mission Statement:
Writer's Room is committed to amplifying the voices of artists by providing a platform for them to share their diverse perspectives and compelling stories. Through our YouTube series, we aim to foster intimacy with the audience of Poetry Unplugged while celebrating the richness of artistic expression. Artists are selected through a rigorous application process, graded on a rubric scale, ensuring that each participant brings a unique and valuable contribution to the conversation.

Vision Statement:
Our vision is to create a vibrant community where artists feel empowered to share their stories and connect with audiences on a deeper level. By showcasing local creatives on our platform, we strive to build bridges between artists and their communities, fostering mutual understanding and appreciation. We believe that supporting local talent is essential not only for the growth of individual artists but also for the enrichment of our cultural landscape as a whole.

Building up local creatives is crucial for nurturing a thriving artistic ecosystem.

By providing opportunities for artists to showcase their work on platforms like Writer's Room, we contribute to their professional development and help them build valuable relationships with audiences. This exposure not only adds to their resume and experience but also boosts their confidence and visibility within the industry.

Moreover, engaging with local creatives helps to cultivate a sense of community and collaboration. By highlighting the diverse voices and perspectives within our own neighborhoods and cities, we create a more inclusive and vibrant cultural scene. This not only benefits individual artists but also enriches the cultural fabric of our society, fostering a greater appreciation for the arts and promoting social cohesion.

Ultimately, investing in local talent is an investment in the future of our creative industries. By providing a platform for artists to share their stories and connect with audiences, we contribute to the growth and sustainability of our artistic communities, ensuring that they continue to thrive for generations to come.

Poetry unplugged jr.

For the children 

Mission Statement:
Poetry Unplugged Jr. is dedicated to nurturing the creative potential of teenagers by providing a supportive environment where they can express themselves freely through journaling, spoken word, and other forms of artistic expression. We recognize the importance of creative expression in promoting social-emotional growth and providing coping mechanisms for teens facing various challenges. Our mission is to create a non-judgmental space where teens can explore their identities, emotions, and experiences while receiving guidance, mentorship, and support in their artistic endeavors.

Vision Statement:
Our vision is to empower teenagers in Northeast Ohio and surrounding areas to embrace their creativity and use it as a tool for self-discovery and personal growth. Through partnerships with organizations like the Sparrows Fortune Organization and their Project R.O.O.T programming, we aim to expand our reach and provide writing workshops to local districts, schools, and youth-facing organizations. By offering creative outlets and opportunities for expression, Poetry Unplugged Jr. seeks to foster a culture where teens feel valued, supported, and encouraged to share their talents with the world.

Teenagers today face a myriad of challenges, from academic pressure to social media influences to mental health struggles. Creative expression, particularly through journaling and spoken word, has been shown to be an effective coping mechanism for managing stress, processing emotions, and building resilience. By providing a safe and non-judgmental space for teens to explore their creativity, Poetry Unplugged Jr. aims to promote social-emotional well-being and empower young people to navigate life's challenges with confidence and resilience.

However, to achieve our mission and vision, we rely on the support of generous donors and sponsors. Donations to Poetry Unplugged Jr. enable us to continue providing workshops, mentorship programs, and performance opportunities for teenagers in our community. Your contribution directly impacts the lives of young people, providing them with the tools and resources they need to thrive creatively and emotionally. Together, we can create a brighter future for the next generation of artists and leaders.


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