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Michele Kotler and Community-Word Project
Community-Word Project, originally called Community-Poem Project, began as part of the Nomadic Pictures Documentary "No Time to be a Child," broadcast on PBS in 1995. The Ford and MacArthur Foundation funded documentary included a collaborative poem that came out of poetry workshops that CWP Executive Director and Founder Michele Kotler ran for at-risk kids in Chicago.
Community-Word Project was officially founded in 1997 with the help of an Echoing Green Fellowship. Sixteen years later CWP has inspired over 15,000 New York City kids to be agents of change for themselves and their communities. CWP has expanded this year to bring arts education to close to 1,600 kids in 47 classrooms in 12 schools, and 5 branches of the public library.
Michele Kotler founded Community-Word Project in 1997. She is a graduate of the NYC public school system. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she also taught creative writing. She serves on the boards of The Catalog for Giving and the New York City Arts-in-Education Roundtable. She is a member of the Writers In the Schools Alliance (WITSA). Her poetry has appeared in Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds, The Teachers of WritersCorps in Poetry and Prose, Washington Square Review, and Painted Bride Quarterly. Michele founded CWP to ensure that NYC public school students have structured time during their school day to develop their creative and critical thinking skills through art. She also wanted to provide artists the opportunity to give back to the community by transforming their creative process into teaching tools. Community-Word Project's Teaching Artists Training and Internship Program (TATIP) continues to strengthen the field of professional teaching artists. She is proud to be a part of the NYC arts-in-education community and the national Writers in the Schools movement.
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