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Writers Block Ink's Felicia Hurley highlighted in the day

Writer's Block InK's Felicia Hurley was highlighted in the Arts/Entertainment and music section of The Day on Monday, February 24th. 


Writers block ink names kolton harris new executive director

The Writer’s Block Ink (or “The Block) arms young voices with the power of pen and prose, reinforcing teamwork, accountability, and responsibility to ignite social change on the page and stage. As part of that, The Block promotes leaders from within the organization whenever possible. Harris joined The Block when he was 12 years old. He attended The Williams School, graduated from Connecticut College in 2014 with a B.A. in English Literature, and rejoined The Block as an instructor in 2015. He most recently served as The Block’s Artistic Director, responsible for all Writer’s Block Programming and programming partnerships in area schools and with key organizations. Before that he was The Block’s creative programming leader, responsible for in-school programming at the Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication (ISAAC), several large-scale performances, and designing innovative new programs to expand The Block’s reach and impact for students served. “While Writer’s Block performances are always compelling and socially relevant, the leadership development happening behind the scenes for individuals and the entire organization is at the heart of what the Writer’s Block is truly about. Over the past 16 years since our inception, we’ve inspired dozens of youth to become leaders, community advocates, and entrepreneurs. As the Block’s newest leader, Kolton embodies this. He has transformed and transitioned from a peer leader to an organization and community leader. The skills and experiences gained at the Block over time, have positioned him to take the organization to the next level,” said Clarissa Beyah, Writer’s Block Ink founder and president. Since 2003, Writer’s Block Ink students from Southeastern Connecticut have addressed serious social issues by creating and performing their own works about them. Students examine, analyze, script and produce their original works, deploying a full array of creative skills from writing and casting to acting, dancing, singing, spoken-word poetry, and visual arts. Most recently, under Harris’ leadership, students performed “[Un]Documented,” about immigration. “I’ve spent a significant amount of my developmental years at Writer’s Block both as a participant, who took in all The Block had to offer, and then a leader, passing my experience on to new Block youth participants,” Harris said. “I look forward to leading Block as we take on new performance topics and challenges and make full use of new tools and platforms to expand access to the work.” Harris’ promotion times with The Block’s “Sweet 16” campaign to celebrate its 16 th year. For almost 16 years The Writer’s Block has helped more than one thousand area youth find their voices and bring voice to the issues facing our society and community. It has launched dozens of leaders from all walks of life, helping them evolve and unlock their potential on professional and personal stages that advance our society and has brought programming into more than half a dozen schools in Southeastern CT.v prgram.

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