Monday, October 24, 2011

Benevolent Media Festival for Digital Capital Week

The Benevolent Media Festival is a celebration of storytelling and design for good that takes place during Digital Capital Week in November. Tonight, they kick off a
pre-festival fundraiser at Dickson Wine Bar from 6-8pm and have a kick-off celebration scheduled at The Dunes on November 4.

This first-of-its-kind, all-volunteer initiative focuses on people, organizations and projects that compel audiences to care about a cause, take action on an issue, or promote a point of view through strategic and inspiring multimedia. “Benevolent Media Creators” are invited to host and organize their own lectures, workshops, performances, networking events or other activities, located at multiple venues across the city.

For more information about the fest, read this overview. And here are other ways to get involved:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

DC Scores Seeks Music Specialists

Kelly Miller Middle school winners with their "My Life is Free"

In 2009, I had the pleasure of working with students from Kelly Miller Middle School in DC, helping them craft poetry into songs. They performed and competed in a regional competition against other middle-schoolers, and the kids I taught won first place! The experience was great, only an hour two days a week and an opportunity to bring arts to some of the area's most at-risk youth. I recommend it for anyone who is a songwriter, musician and committed to uplifting our kids. Here is the call for artists below. Apply to the email address below. Peace, Moon


DC SCORES builds teams through after-school programs for over 800 DC youth at 27 schools by instilling self-expression, physical fitness, and a sense of community.  For people who believe in a well-rounded childhood, DC SCORES is the quality, team-based approach providing youth with the arts, athletics, and academics that will engage, enrich, and improve their lives. DC SCORES accomplishes this in an innovative model combining poetry and spoken word, soccer, and service-learning year-round. We have worked with over 6,000 students since our founding in 1994 and we aim to serve EVERY child in the District deserving of a team who does not have one. DC SCORES is an affiliate of America SCORES, with organizations in 14 cities.

This season our young people have been led by their writing coaches (teachers) through a curriculum filled with poetry and song writing lessons.  As a music specialist you will be assisting them as they turn their writing into three group performance pieces to be performed at our city-wide Poetry Slam! November 30th and December 1st.   

Responsibilities & Duties
  • Lead eight- 60 minute sessions with middle school students.
  • Collaborate with DC SCORES staff and coaches to implement the program and supervise students.
  • Plan and conduct song writing workshops with students using their songs/poems already written to create three polished performance pieces.
  • Provide opportunities for each student to demonstrate work and have a part/voice in the performance.
  • Bring or create the music for the performance pieces.
  • Collaborate with DC SCORES coaches to prepare students to perform their music at the Poetry Slam!.
·      Provide DC SCORES with a verbal/written summary of each session, a copy of students work, and a copy of the music on a CD.
·      Provide DC SCORES with a background check and TB test prior to October 13th.

Dates of Employment:
October 18th – November 18th, 2011

Location(s)/Days/Times (choose one): 
All sessions are from 3:45 – 4:45pm
  • Cesar Chavez PCS-Parkside Campus – Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Lincoln Middle School – Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Johnson Middle School – Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Kelly Miller Middle School – Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • MacFarland middle School – Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Oyster-Adams Bilingual School – Mondays and Wednesdays

Compensation: The Music Specialist will be paid $50 per session and an additional $100 for the performance of the three students’ songs. 

If you are interested in applying or learning more contact Katrina Hochstetler, Program Director, at

Monday, October 10, 2011

On Liberated Muse This Week of October 10

Our Community Poem is Another Winner

Our third community poem didn't have more than two participants this time round, but, it was destined to be a poem of sweet and short brilliance that there is no complaint here. Regular contributors Chenyelu Bomani and Jimmy DiLorenzo created this poem I named "Complete Beauty":

Almond shaped eyes
by shades of amber glazed sunsets.
A realization that she is not the voice in her head,
but, rather,
the one who recognizes the voice,
quiets her mind.
The setting sun warms her face
and a feeling of completness engulfs her very being.

Our Community Bloggers Have New Posts Up!

Our Liberated Muse members are an assortment of creatives and bloggers who have an array of new topics to discuss in this week's posts:

Alan King posted "Review of Rachel Eliza Griffith's 'Mule and Pear'"
Chenyelu Bomani "Gem Stones"

New Photos in the Gallery

Liberated Muse member DC's Own Entertainment Company uploaded photos from the recent event "The Revival". Visit their page to see the photos and to read a review of this ground-breaking event. Be sure to also view other photos members have posted in the gallery and add your own!

Meet Our Member of the Month: Nathan Seven Scott

Our October Member of the Month  is a motivational speaker, life coach and new author. Visit our main page to read more about our member of the month, Nathan Seven Scott and learn how you can order his new book that was released on Oct. 7.

We Are Looking For Sponsors for Our "In Her Words" Series

Contact us at to learn more about the series and how you can become a sponsor.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Is It a Dumb Thing Choosing An Artist's Life?

While many are protesting across the country in spin-offs of the #occupywallstreet movement in New York, one artist, JD Samson, shares her personal story of what not having money during these times means to her and in a poignant "coming out" essay, she admits that she is done with trying to keep up with her peers while times are tight.

Check out her story here on Huffington Post and leave a comment letting us know if if you dig what she's saying here in our forum.