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Metaphors give words a way to go beyond their own meaning. They are handles on the door of what we know and what we can imagine. What’s amazing is this: by making a handle, you can make a world.
— Jane Hirshfield, poet.

Do you have a curious middle school student needing to expel some creative energy this summer?

Our goal is to keep low-income kiddos off the streets, out of trouble, and to keep them on the opposite side of the "summer slide." 

Some call it the "summer brain drain", says Scott McConnell, a professor of educational psychology. The “summer slide” is the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. 

Students with more limited access to academic materials, learning opportunities and books are more likely to experience learning loss over the summer. 

Our workshop leader will inspire curiosities in myriad topics including science, technology, nature, visual art, music and more.

Each week of our workshop we will present a new concept and ask questions to muse students’ imaginations. Because writing is a mirror that asks a lot of us, we are asking students to open the door to those deeper, hidden, places of their potential. They will then think, discuss, and synthesize their ideas into writing. 


Tuesday, July 10th, 2-4PM
Tuesday, July 17th, 2-4PM
Tuesday, July 24th, 2-4PM
Tuesday, July 31st, 2-4PM*

* Parents are invited to final poetry performance.

WHERE / AHHA / 101 E. Archer

WK 1.  Jack and Ann Graves Garden + 1st Floor Gallery Space
WK 2.  A walk through of The Experience + 3rd Floor Classroom
WK 3. Class will write collaborative poem on the exterior wall of AHHA.
WK 4. Performance in Gallery Space. Friends and family are welcome.


WK 1. To understand and appreciate ourselves self through writing.
WK 2. To become comfortable articulating opinions through our words.
WK 3. To feel connected (not isolated) through collaborative arts.
WK 4. To gain self-confidence through self-expression. 


$99 per student.
Scholarships are available on a limited basis. Apply below.


+ Snacks.
+ Creative supplies.
+ Student's poems will be published in the Curious Poets Club anthology and distributed to graduates on July 31st, following the performance.





Victoria McArtor, curriculum
Annie Jones, instructor
TulsaKids Magazine, marketing partner
Dr. Bradley Brummel, impact officer


“With the increasing amount of screen time kiddos have today, MUSED is excited to offer young students a reprieve from answers, the infinite amount of information we have at our fingertips, and give them a couple hours for their minds to wander in a curious way, to ask questions.”


“What do I want to be in this world? What do I want to offer and how do I want to do it while being the most joyful version of myself as possible,”

I feel privileged and responsible to be a voice of encouragement for that age group – for them to start asking themselves those questions of identity and longing.”


"I think poetry invites kids to play with words and the styles of expression,” he says. “So much of prose requires following specific rules and getting graded. These workshops are an invitation to use poetry to process emotion and experiences without the evaluation of grading and the anxiety of the end-of-year exams."








Student's Name *
Student's Name
Will you be able to attend all 4 workshops?


“Art became an expendable luxury, and 50 million students have paid the price. Today a child’s access to arts education is largely a function of his or her parents’ income.” - Dana Gioia. 

You are helping us bring art, intellect, and curiosity to young minds, regardless of where they come from. Please drop $99 into our tip jar and we'll grant a scholarship to a student on your behalf. Thank you.