Writers Block Ink Igniting Social Change On The Page & Stage

 

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

Please contact our office for current program hours.

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Writer's Block Wish list

Folding Chairs

Office and art supplies

Healthy Snacks

Food for cast during performances

Concessions for Block Store

Large projection screen

Video Camera/Digital Camera

Stage Speakers/Classroom Speakers

Printer ink

Stage Microphones

Props/Costumers


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

The Writers Block InK 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.

 

Back to the Block- Spring 2017

Join us for the upcoming Spring session "Back to the Block" where students ages 10-17 will be putting together collaborative work for the upcoming Annual ACE Award show! We are looking to recruit students who are interested in acting, creative writing, singing/rapping, spoken word poetry, dance, etc., as well as those who would like to work behind the scenes. To register, and for more information, please click here.

 


 

Opening Reception- Feb. 27th, 2017

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. WriterÂ’'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.

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

This project is made possible with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

 

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.  


 

ACE AWARD HONOREES

TCORS Attorneys: Tom Riley • Bill Sweeney • Bob Tobin   

Xplore Productions: Dan Carey   

Safe Futures: Kris Wraight

FRESH New London: Arthur Lerner

Hearing Youth Voices/New London Youth Affairs: Laura Burfoot

Higher Edge: Chris Soto 

US Coast Guard Academy: CDR Anna Hickey

How2Design: Noemi Kearns

Connecticut College: Tracee Reiser

Garde Arts Center: Jeanne & Steve Sigel

New London Public Schools: Val Tamano

CT Landmarks: Sheryl Hack, Aileen Novack, Barbara Nagy

The Drop In Learning Center: Reona Dyess

Eugene O'Neill Theatre: Preston Whiteway & Jill Anderson

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

NLCCC: Tony Mollica

New London Youth Talent Show: Anthony Nolan

Glenn Goettler • Richard Hews • Kenneth Kitchings • Michael Bradford • Lisa Giordano • Melanie Greenhouse • Dexter Singleton • Alice Fitzpatrick • Mirna Martinez • Susan Connolly, Esq. • Jessica Hill • Andrea Messenger • Lonnie Braxton II, Esq. • Dr. Grace Jones • Dr. John LaMatina • Brian Oliver • Dr. Michelle Dunlap  • Lottie B. Scott • Owen McKenzie • Adriane Jefferson • Attallah Sheppard • Maya Sheppard • Frank Colmenares • Raymond Edwards Jr. • Morgan J Penn (Dec 15 1985 - Sept 19 2011) • Shawn Rucker • Lernin Santos • 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 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 Southeastern Connecticut