Michael Etter

Street Poets, Inc.

Grant Awarded: $13,449

Street Poets, Inc. is an arts-based violence intervention and prevention program dedicated to the creative process, as a force for individual and community transformation.

Its mission is to inspire at-risk youth in the juvenile detention facilities, schools and streets of Los Angeles to discover and develop their voices as writers, artists, and human beings. Ultimately, Street Poets, Inc. aims to create a healing community that unites different racial, ethnic and socio-economic segments of the city around the transformational power of the creative process.

Although Street Poets, Inc. has been going on for many years, there was still a real need to help people understand the work being done by the organization. There was also a need to create an enduring document of the community thus far. With this in mind, a photo-driven poetry book was chosen as the creative direction. The goal was to interest potential grant-funding and private donors as well as educate the media.