Writers Block Ink Igniting Social Change On The Page & Stage

 

General Operating Hours:    Mon-Fri 9am-6pm

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Large projection screen

Video Camera/Digital Camera

Stage Speakers/Classroom Speakers

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860-44 BLOCK
860-442-5625
12 Masonic Street
 New London, CT 06320

Our Mission

To arm young voices with the power of pen and prose, reinforcing teamwork, accountability, and responsibility; igniting social change on the page and stage.

About The Block

WBI was started in 2003 as a 501c3 non-profit organization to encourage youth to use writing and performance as tools to address personal and social challenges on the community stage. Students create original productions which explore critical themes and issues.

ANNOUNCING...

February 27th, 2016: 1st Community Engagement Forum and Open Arts Studio

Writer’s Block Ink and Safe Futures are partnering to raise voices against domestic violence. This project aims to engage the Southeastern CT community in the collecting and expressing of first-person stories through interactive community forums, creative storytelling studio sessions, and the creation of an original performance chronicling stories of survival and hope.

Domestic violence affects people in our communities both locally and globally, regardless of race, gender, class, age, sexuality, ethnicity, or ability. We are impacted as direct victims, but more often as witnesses and as a support person for the someone going through abuse. Writer’'s Block Ink and Safe Futures believe that every person has the power to raise their voice to heal, educate, and prevent domestic violence.

We invite women and men from every corner of our community to join us in Raising Voices Against Domestic Violence!

In the coming months, we will present three Community Engagement Forums, eight Open Arts Studios, a public & social media awareness campaign, and a multimedia performance dramatizing the gathered stories and knowledge. Our first event is on February 27th from 10am-2pm. Won't you be a part of Raising Voices Against Domestic Violence?

Visit our Facebook page or call (860) 442-5625 for more information. 


Open Mic: Valentine's Day Edition

Saturday, February 13th, 7-9pm at The Block

Join us for the first Open Mic of 2016!


Summer 2015 Final Production - Behind the Digital Mask

Behind the Digital Mask

Conceived, written, and executed by students ages 6-9 and 10-17, this show represents a culmination of 8 weeks of classes in acting, dancing, music, songwriting, creative writing, visual arts, and social justice as part of our Summer on the Block and Building Blocks programs. Our show this year will explore the topic of social media and how it relates to issues like police brutality and mental illness and will include original songs, dances, and poems woven into the dramatic narrative. 

 

Summary:

Social media has become an intricate part of our lives. It shapes who we are, our perception of life, and how we interact with one another. While there is no denying the powerful impact that social media is having on our world – such as by bringing education to the masses with "trending topics” – there are still millions of people that succumb to the negative attributes of social media. From cyber-bullying, to cat-fishing, to depression caused by an overload of uncensored news stories, people are allowing their virtual realities to define their actual selves.

Through the eyes of characters raised in the age of technology, we will get a look into how social media is shaping human opinion, interaction, and reaction to what’s trending. Join our characters on their journey of self discovery, as they learn how to stop scrolling and communicate off the screen. Will their face to face interactions restore the human connection that has been lost or will they scroll deeper down the newsfeed? We invite you to explore as we find out what lurks behind the digital mask…

 

For more information call 860-44-BLOCK or email us at writersblock2@gmail.com

 

 The ACE Awards- More than 10 Years Strong

For more than a decade, The Writer’s Block, Ink has encouraged and inspired youth from Southeastern Connecticut to use writing and performing arts as tools for addressing personal and social challenges. By focusing creative talents on social issues—ranging from peer pressure, bullying, and domestic violence--- to racism, suicide, genocide, and slavery… Block students use the page and the stage to ignite the call and spread awareness for positive change in their lives and communities.

We presented A.C.E awards for leadership in Arts, Community, and Excellence to many community partners and sponsors who have made our mission possible.  

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ACE AWARD HONOREES

Theresa Broach • Dr. Karin Edwards

Dr. Shelley Ann des Etages • Shonrael Lanier • Serinol Lowman • Ian Williams

Jackie Bagwell • Christine Haase* • Dianne Kent • Dr. Govind Menon

Nicholas Fortson • Jodi Kelly • Alissa Mebus* • Tina McCurdy •  Hazel Richardson • Ian C. Thomas

TCORS Attorneys: Tom Riley • Bill Sweeney • Bob Tobin   

Xplore: Dan Carey • Glenn Goettler

Richard Hews • Kenneth Kitchings   

Safe Futures: Kris Wraight

Michael Bradford • Lisa Giordano •

Melanie Greenhouse •

Dexter Singleton • Alice Fitzpatrick

Mirna Martinez • Arthur Lerner: FRESH New London

Laura Burfoot: Hearing Youth Voices/New London Youth Affairs 

Chris Soto: Higher Edge 

Susan Connolly, Esq. • Jessica Hill • Andrea Messenger  Anthony Nolan: New London Youth Talent Show 

Lonnie Braxton II, Esq. • Dr. Grace Jones • Dr. John LaMatina

Brian Oliver • Dr. Michelle Dunlap  • Lottie B. Scott

CDR Anna Hickey: US Coast Guard Academy

Noemi Kearns: How2Design

Owen McKenzie

Tracee Reiser: Conn College 

Jeanne & Steve Sigel - Garde Arts

Val Tamano: New London Public Schools

Adriane Jefferson • Attallah Sheppard • Maya Sheppard

Frank Colmenares • Raymond Edwards Jr.

Morgan J Penn (Dec 15 1985 - Sept 19 2011)

Shawn Rucker • Lernin SantosS                                                                                                           

Sheryl Hack, Aileen Novack, Barbara Nagy: CT Landmarks

Reona Dyess: The Drop In Learning Center

Preston Whiteway & Jill Anderson: Eugene O’Neill Theatre

Migdalia Salas & Gina Fafard: I.S.A.A.C.

Tony MollicaNLCCC

Ron BastineSyeeda BriddellCalan Bryant • Lillian Cooke • 

Adrian Gardner Jaime Guzman • Jameela Jones • Gabriel Kastel

Monica Lasenberry • Camilla Ross • Steven Wilson

Kirshon Augmon • Noah Jenkins • Olivia Jenkins

Jalen SampeurRafiq Taylor • Juanita Wilbur

Isaiah General • Shayla Goode • Emily PrattsAriana SampeurKyanna Stackley

Zachary Ackart • Naomi Jones • Clara Pratts • Derrick Silvan

The Generals • The Sheppards • The Taylors

The Frank Loomis Palmer Fund • Pfizer, Inc •The Community Foundation of Southeatern Connecticut