Poetry Center is awarded Arts Partner for Ingenuity Creative Schools Fund Grant!

George Washington High School was awarded an Ingenuity Creative Schools Fund grant to bring in the Poetry Center of Chicago as special arts partner, to reinvigorate a spoken word community at the school. Our Poet In Residence, Bryant Cross, is working in Washington HS classrooms, creating after school poetry slams, and other events for the students. The goal is to foster a community and build opportunities for creative expression through spoken word at the high school. The program will be making use of their auditorium, as well as other performance spaces in and outside of the school.

“Chicago is a city built on culture, with world-renowned theaters, museums and concert halls at our fingertips,” said Sydney Sidwell, associate director of Ingenuity and director of the Creative Schools Fund. “Through these grants, and by funding partnerships with local cultural institutions, we are able to expose students to the world of the arts, opening up new pathways for Chicago’s youth to expand their horizons.”

Woo! Go Washington! And, biggest thanks to the Creative Schools Fund and Ingenuity!




“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.