Global Education Center celebrates milestone

Thandiwe Shiphrah, Founder and Curator of Line Breaks. (Photo courtesy Daniel Arite)

Global Education Center, Nashville’s only multicultural arts center, is celebrating bringing more than 15 years of their multicultural poetry program, Line Breaks Literary Reading Series, with the Line Breaks Retrospective. The event will take place at the Center’s headquarters, located at 4822 Charlotte Avenue in west Nashville, on Friday, May 25, 2018. The event will include a Poet’s Theater of performances from local poets and a Poster Exhibit by local artist Daniel Arite. A Reception begins at 6:30 and the Commemorative Program will start at 7:30 pm.

The event is a celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Global Education Center’s Line Breaks Literary Reading Series, Nashville’s only ongoing literary arts series solely dedicated to cross-cultural communication and is widely considered to be a pillar of Nashville’s growing literary arts scene, bringing artists such as NIkki Finney, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Kate Daniels, Sonia Sanchez, and many more.

The Line Breaks Retrospective will feature a Poster Exhibit created by local mixed-media artist Daniel Arite, which showcases the wide range of poets, storytellers, and musicians who have taken part in the series. A highlight of the program will be a theatrical presentation of poems by members of the Line Breaks Poetry Collective, a talented group of local writers that meets monthly at the Global Education Center. Together, the Poster Exhibit and the Poet’s Theater encapsulate the series’ impact on Nashville’s literary arts scene and offer commentary on poetry’s place in our personal and communal lives.

The Line Breaks Literary Reading Series recognizes poetry as a powerful tool for building bridges across differences and as a creative resource for crafting and sharing our stories. Through a broad range of readings, craft talks, lectures, writing workshops, performances, literary salons, and special events, the series has hosted some of our nation’s most compelling literary voices.

The evening will also acknowledge the support of local educational institutions, arts organizations, and social service agencies that have partnered with the series. They include Creative Artists of Tennessee, Voices from Our America, Metro Human Relations Commission, Healing Arts Project, and Vanderbilt University’s Bishop Joseph Johnson’s Black Cultural Center and the Center for Latin American Studies.

Global Education Center is a nonprofit multicultural, anti-bias education center that uses the arts of diverse cultures to highlight the commonalities of all people and promote cross-cultural understanding and respect. The Center’s staff and performing artists create a unique understanding of various cultural, ethnic and religious groups residing in our community through sensitive, dynamic and highly participatory programming that creates experiences in the arts that aid in dispelling myths, dismantling stereotypes, unlearning biases and alleviating fears.

All programming is designed to create an environment of inclusion and a climate promoting wellness and emotional well-being. They serve more than 45,000 children a year through their partnerships and participation in MNPS and other area schools, with an additional 35,000 people through their own exclusive programming that includes dance and music classes for children and adults, writing and poetry workshops, and community and outreach performances.

Global Education Center is funded in part by Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission, South Arts, The Memorial Foundation, The Nissan Foundation, Nashville Predators Foundation, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Humanities Tennessee, HCA/Tri-Star Healthcare and individuals who contribute to their annual operating fund.

The Line Breaks Retrospective is free and open to the public, although donations will be gladly accepted, (at any time). A limited number of commemorative posters will be available for sale at the event to help support the next season of poets and storytellers. For more information about Line Breaks, visit the Global Education Center online at their website or call 615-292-3023.