In this episode, Yanique speaks with Duane Hall, singer, poet, event coordinator and founding member of the arts & culture social enterprise, Spoke N' Heard. Spoke N’ Heard describes themselves as a collective of artists, entrepreneurs and social innovators, united by our passion for social change and community empowerment, with a focus on the holistic progression of humanity through the arts. The organization was founded by Jordon Veira as a 17 year old high school student and poet. Veira had wanted to organize a poetry show, and began with an event called Love and Heartbreak. The show was the first of Spoke N Heard’s inter-arts performances, combining poetry and visual arts - they’ve since expanded their shows by incorporating music and other art forms. A year after the inaugural show, Spoke N Heard launched the education branch of their organization, providing poetry workshops at high schools, and ongoing programs at community centres. Their next objective is to provide a platform for independent artists in the city of Toronto to thrive.
2:45 - On the history of Spoke N Heard
9:30 - On mental ‘red-tape’ and systemic barriers
18:00 - On changing the system and reinvesting into marginalized communities
22:00 - On re-positioning anti-oppressive work as pro-liberation work and community healing
25:00 - Duane’s vision for society, self-actualization, and social enterprise
30:10 - Shoutouts to other social enterprises who are doing great work
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