ArtStart Fellowship

The ReEntry Lab & ArtStart
Writing Fellowship

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We are excited to announce a pilot collaboration: the ReEntry Lab & ArtStart Writing Fellowship. The fellowship is designed to create opportunities for mentorship, teaching experience, and creative time for individuals who have been impacted by the criminal legal system. The first recipient of this fellowship is Davi Gray, a poet and writer with several PEN America Prison Writing awards. Gray’s mentor is nationally recognized writer Michael Kleber-Diggs, a Jerome Hill Artist Fellow in Literature for 2023-2025, and author of the poetry collection, Worldly Things. During the course of the fellowship Kleber-Diggs will teach an adult beginning poetry class, Line, Sound, Meter, and Voice: Poems as Beautiful Songs. A second poetry class will be designed and taught by Davi Gray. The culminating event of this pilot project will be the publication and launch of Gray’s first chapbook.

To learn more about the first course, or to register, go to ArtStart’s course registration.

Space is limited to 10 participants.


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The second part of this Fellowship, an adult beginning poetry class taught by Davi Gray, is now available. The class is titled Revision, Reuse, and Resurrection: The Wheel of Poetry, and is open for registration.

To learn more about this course, or to register, go to ArtStart’s course registration.

Space is limited to 10 participants.


ArtStart’s Mission

The mission of ArtStart is to inspire artistic creativity and illuminate the connections among people, ideas and the environment through engaging artists, children, families, and communities in quality arts education experiences. For 36 years ArtStart has provided quality arts education and STEAM experiences to people around the state of Minnesota, in libraries, schools, festivals, and community centers. With a diverse roster that is 30+ artists strong, we seek to provide cultural and environmental lessons through arts education to people of all ages and backgrounds. ArtStart’s brick-and-mortar presence is St. Paul’s ArtScraps Creative Ideas and Reuse Center, which saves 60,000 tons of community-donated items from the landfill annually for artful reuse. ArtStart.org

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