Young poets will get a chance to let their lights shine at the “Disturbing the Peace (DTP)” poetry slam. Hosted by ACTing Up Studios and founder, Joseph “Joe P” Palmore, the

citywide competition and showcase featuring some of the finest voices in Youth Poetry.

DTP has set the stage for young talent to not only discover and develop their skill in performance, but to harness their thoughts and ideas and give soulful weight to their Spoken Word.

“The program provides an outlet for youth to develop their craft and build a presence as performance artists and life leaders,” says Palmore. “Disturbing the Peace becomes the premiere creative platform for student performances to be showcased following each semester.”

Palmore says DTP allows creativity to flow freely, challenging the norm, even breaking societal stereotypes, by first helping young minds to tap into their self-confidence.

“Since our very first year, DTP has been made possible through the generosity of our business and community leaders, friends, and family who understood the value in our vision. It is now year four, and that vision remains the same, to inspire the artistic development of young artists wanting to experience a new level of professional growth,” Palmore added.

DTP was named for artist and activist James Baldwin who believed that the purpose of every artist is to heal and create change by means of truth and transparency, as he spoke “artists are here to disturb the peace.”

Creativity flows freely through DTP as young artists begin to shape themselves into productive life leaders.

“In this life, I knew that I had to give back all that I’ve learned using the experiences that I’ve been through


Disturbing The Peace Youth Slam and Showcase 

Thursday, Dec. 15th 2016, 6:00 PM

The Lifelong Learning Center

13033 Landmark Houston, TX 77045

Tickets: General Admission $15.00

High School Students w/I.D. $10.00

Ticket Purchase: Official website:


Performer Eligibility: Poetry Slam: High school students ages 15 to 18

Artist Showcase: Youth ages 15 to 21

Contact: Darnetta D. Nelson 313.673.4682

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