Film, Poetry, Dance: A Place to Stand​

December 3, 2015
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APTS_inviteThursday, December 3, 2015 | 7:30pm | New York City

A moving film about formerly incarcerated award-winning poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, A Place to Stand is a moving testament to the work many of us engage in various connected realms, and speaks truth to power about art’s capacity to profoundly shift, shake and flip a human spirit.

7:30pm sharp @ Kipps Bay IMAX
570 2nd Ave (@ 32/33rd St), New York City
$15 tickets available:

A Place to Stand is a film screening, poetry reading and interactive dance experience highlighting the transformative creativity in spaces of incarceration. Featuring readings from poet-facilitators Kirya Traber and Najee Omar, who work within juvenile detention settings through Voices UnBroken, and a collective dance experience from Dances for Solidarity. Hosted by poet Caits Meissner, sharing the work of incarcerated women poets from the Rehabilitation Through the Arts program. The film A Place to Stand is about Jimmy Santiago Baca’s transformation from functionally illiterate convict to award-winning poet. Learn more about the event and purchase tickets at

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Biographies & Organizations:

Caits Meissner is a poly-creative poet, facilitator and community artist. Invested in the transformative power of art, Caits has developed creative programming, taught and collaborated extensively in public schools, prisons, juvenile detention, needle exchanges, disability advocacy realms and other community settings locally and abroad. She is currently a Writer-in-Residence at the Bronx Academy of Letters, a rehabilitative creative writing facilitator in a women’s prison and a part-time lecturer at New School University.

Kirya Traber is a writer, performer, and cultural worker. Through theatre and the written word, she seeksto incite dialogue across social boundaries and cultivate platforms for marginalized voices. Her work has brought her to schools, community centers, homeless shelters, and detention centers across the US and Canada. She is currently on faculty at New School for Drama, and is a Lincoln Center Education Artist in Residence.

Najee Omar’s multidisciplinary work uses the language of theatre, music, and poetry to create an honest dialogue around the injustices of humanity. As a teaching artist, he’s turned classrooms into stages, conducting workshops with at-risk and incarcerated youth across New York City and Los Angeles. His mission is to cultivate an audience of deep thinkers and inspire the next generation of change agents.

Dances for Solidarity is a project led by dance artist Sarah Dahnke, in collaboration with other artists and socially conscious individuals, inviting incarcerated people in solitary confinement to perform and co-develop a devised dance, as well as connect with the outside world via letter writing.

Rehabilitation Through the Arts works in five New York State prisons with innovative programs in theatre, dance, creative writing, voice and visual art. RTA is dedicated to using the creative arts as a tool for social and cognitive transformation behind prison walls.

Voices UnBroken provides high quality creative writing workshops in group homes, residential treatment facilities, jails, juvenile justice facilities, and various other alternative and transitional settings —  primarily to youth ages 12-24 — nurturing the inherent need in all people to tell their stories and be heard.

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