Voice, Culture, and Creativity
DaVerse Lounge, originally founded by Will Richey and Lisa Holland, is an under-21 spoken word open mic and interactive art experience in collaboration with spoken word clubs and writing workshops across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The event, produced as a partnership between Big Thought and Journeyman Ink serves as an intergenerational celebration of the VOICE, CULTURE, and CREATIVITY of North Texas.
Starting in 2005 at the Dallas Theatre Center, the event began as an intimate night of poetry with musical accompaniment and four shows a year. Now, in its twelfth season the show takes place six times a year at Life in Deep Ellum Cultural Center. The program also includes various DaVerse 2.0 events that take place in community spaces across the Metroplex. Each of the larger events draw an average crowd of over 600 attendants and over 40 schools with over 100 student performers. It has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Arts Community Alliance, and various foundations.
- Mark McCanlies, Principal, Richland Middle School
-Prof. Darius Ajai Frasure, MFA, MA