WATCH ON YOUTUBE... Marcel Price, better known as Fable the Poet, served as Grand Rapids' Poet Laureate (2017-2020) and has devoted himself to his nonprofit educational outreach organization The Diatribe, for which he serves as the Chief Inspiration Architect. What started as a mission to inspire artistic expression by way of spoken word poetry has increased in scope to something much more than that. The Emory Arts & Culture Hub is a proposed $6M construction project that would provide Grand Rapids' Burton SE neighborhood an impactful multi-use center where residents can live, work, and play. After applying for $2M from ARPA's post-pandemic stimulus funding and then receiving overwhelming community and political support, The Diatribe's proposal was completely left off the Kent County Board of Commissioner's list of 29 approved projects. Learn about this awesome mission and the political nonsense that led to its funding rejection... But Marcel and his team aren't giving up, and everything suggests that they'll get it done.
After the show's opener, you'll experience a 2016 poetic recitation of Fable the Poet's "Kehinde", a truly powerful performance that lays a foundation for why The Emory Arts & Culture Hub needs to happen. Closing track is "Walking" by Manabu (Kirk's solo music project).
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