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Urbana Poet Laureate Celebration

May 5 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This year, the 2024 Poet Laureate is none other than one of the Black Joy Project curators, Ruby Mendenhall, and the Spurlock Museum is proud to host a poetry-writing workshop in her honor. Learn what inspires Ruby to express herself creatively and hear from her mentors. Then, discover what inspires you!

Workshop attendees will enjoy:

  • Hearing from Ruby and some very special guests
  • Poetry readings, spoken word, music, and art
  • Snacks
  • A poetry-writing workshop for those aspiring to enter next year!

The City of Urbana Poet Laureate program(external link) launched in 2019 to “recognize a resident poet who honors and serves our diverse community and elevates the importance of the creative writing art form.”

The program includes a youth component starting at age 12: teachers and parents, do you have a child just dying to express themselves? This may be THE event for them!

This program is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


May 5
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Spurlock Museum
600 S. Gregory
Urbana, IL
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