Reverse Selfie Project

 

The Reverse Selfie Project is a 6-week, creative-and-critical thinking workshop hosted in Tulsa Public high schools and middle schools.  

For students who have never lived without technology at their fingertips, we are giving them a moment of stillness. This is where the difficult virtue of practice, concentration, discipline, wrestling with the ego, and revision come into practice. Our goal is to foster a new generation of curious thinkers who play an active role in the world going on around them.

The “Selfie” culture continues to normalize the gap between image and person. It’s true, we are two people: First we are the person we present to those around us. This is the superficial façade we believe best represents what others want to see, and is largely a mirror-like reflection of those around us. Second, we are our real selves, who we keep safely locked away from the scrutiny of others, and quite often, from ourselves. 

Our writing workshops offer students a safe space to grapple between their selves, because, ideally, in the person who reaches total maturity and fulfillment, this dichotomy disappears. The person becomes unified, totally one person inside and out. For this person, the war is over; he or she has achieved each within him and is totally free.

We’re teaching poetry through the lens of the Reverse Selfie Project because we believe narcissists aren’t good for society. When we are the center of our world we cannot see (or serve) the real world. With the rise of a Kardashian-rich and value-poor culture, we hope to turn the perspective around from self to community.

By having the creative and critical means of analyzing our inner selves through poetry, we increase our capacity to know and care for ourselves; empowering us to contribute to our community, instead of depending on our community for resources. 

Your generosity can cultivate change
and help students create images of hope.

But we can’t do this without your help.

It’s going to take a revolutionary approach to shock our students out of selfies and snapchats – and we’re up against the clock. One way to think of funding this innovative workshop is from the perspective of an investment.  Remember James Baldwin: “These are all our children: we will all profit by or pay for what they become.”

As future budget cuts threaten major arteries of our society, supporting The Reverse Selfie Project is an investment into the mental health of the future generation. Let’s give them the tools to navigate the mind hiding behind their smiling faces.

 
 

 

LEVELS OF SUPPORT

 

 

scholarship for a student

$40

Your donation makes our workshop possible. You supply the teachers, supplies, and 1-on-1 workshops with a student for (a life altering) 6-weeks.

 





 

donation
G I F T S



A customized poem written by MUSED. cofounder or RSP instructor.

A thank you poem written by the student you sponsored (with their photo).

PDF's of the Reverse Selfie Project modules, so you and your family can follow along with the lessons, read the example poems, and complete the writing exercises yourself!

support a school

$5,000

Your donation influences an entire culture. The attitudes of a school's organism can be felt by students, teachers, and even parents. Imagine an entire school engaging in creative thinking together. Your donation elevates the landscape of an entire school, which permeates into the town, and then into the workplace, and then back into the home.


 


donation
G I F T S



Custom written poems by MUSED. cofounder, teachers, students. and administration of the school.

Large RSP sponsorship trophy (glass, hand-etched and locally sourced from The Chizel in Tulsa).

If you're in town - complimentary tickets to our upcoming events for a year for 6 people (including Phenomenally, POP, Workshops in Art Galleries, and more).

If you're not in town - a complimentary "Naked Poetry" or "Reverse Selfie" workshop delivered in person to your business, household, or social group. (Includes PDFs of material, books, and Moleskine notebooks).

An official MUSED. Mont Blanc Pen.

fund a classroom

$1,200

Your donation unites a classroom. You supply the teacher, supplies, a final recital/pizza party and (if not for you) we would not be fostering conversations about creativity , individuality, and how we fit into this world.

 

 

 

donation
G I F T S

 

Custom written poems by MUSED. cofounder and students.


Medium sized RSP sponsorship trophy (glass, hand-etched and locally sourced from The Chizel in Tulsa).

If you're in town - complimentary tickets to our upcoming events for a year (including Phenomenally, POP, Workshops in Art Galleries, and more).

If you're not in town - a complimentary "Naked Poetry" or "Reverse Selfie" workshop delivered over Skype or conference call with your business, household, or social group. (Includes PDFs of material, books, and Moleskine notebooks).

 


Your generosity is affirming value
and releasing potential.

Thank you.

Note: All donations are tax deductible.
Please make checks payable to MUSED. Organization.


 

a peek into

Reverse Selfie Project

Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences
March 1-April 5

What we produce is not necessarily sacred.

What is sacred is the time we spend working through a thought process, and that fuzzy feeling we get as the imagination expands. For me, the sacredness of teaching the Reverse Selfie Project is watching how an expanded imagination can transform a life.

Einstein called this tactic “combinatory play” – the act of opening up one mental channel by dabbling in another. This is why he would often play the violin when he was having trouble solving a mathematical puzzle; after a few hours of sonatas, he could usually find the answer he needed.



 Personification can help with this anxiety by allowing us to live vicariously first. So, on Wednesday afternoon we broke out of the classroom and gathered in the gazebo for our personification workshop.
Hannah told me she was returning her trumpet and switching from band to art. Together we wrote a poem personifying herself as a paintbrush. Through language, she lost all the insecurity of her decision. She dipped her toes into her favorite colors. She painted a beautiful picture with her ideas.
 



Mr. Zach screened this video of Kelly Norman Ellis's poem "I was raised by women." The students laughed at first, but when it was time to do some deep thinking about who raised them, the tone turned a bit somber. 

"I was raised by Call of Duty. 
"I was raised by raising my brother and sister. 
"I was raised by my telephone.

Even though writing can sometimes back us into a corner, if we write long enough, we just might show that we're strong enough to break through the walls we've built around us.

Take this poem as an example: 

 

 

English philosopher Francis Bacon has rightly noted, "Reading makes a full man, conference a ready man, and writing and exact man."

Poetry takes us even further into this process. Poetry says, I know that intellectually, but emotionally....
Writing can help bridge our emotional knowledge with our intellectual knowledge --  which brings a question to mind: How are we raising ourselves, our dependents, and those we influence.








We had an amazing time with these kiddos.
Thank you for your donations, without which this project would have not been possible.

- Victoria McArtor & Zach Reeves, MFAs.