WHO IS LATANYA DEVAUGHN? AND WHAT HAS SHE DONE FOR THE ARTS IN NYC?
Mother of two, community-activist, educator, curator, producer, creator, contributor to the arts, borough bridge-builder…and so much more, Latanya DeVaughn takes The Arts very seriously and contributes to the arts greatly.
Years ago, when asked why she got involved with The Arts and founded Urban Voices Heard in 2008 (a troupe of poets and artists that use their voice – to make statements – to send positive, enlightening messages through spoken word, poetry and music – and who inspire other writers, poets, and artists to do the same at the UVH shows which include Open Mics), she responded:
“I started out wanting to create a space for people to express themselves and to network. Some place (even if it was your first time or thousandth time performing) for artists to have a vehicle to use to get them to the next place in life — their poetic career or personal growth. I believe I’m doing that and building long lasting friendships along the way.”
After having five successful shows at the Spoon Theater, Latanya still felt something was missing. Walking through her hometown of the South Bronx, she stumbled across a bookstore, Books in the Hood, and there is where she found what was missing. After hearing the positive messages from all the Poets, Emcees and Vocalists, she felt these messages weren’t being heard loud enough. The people in her community needed to hear the messages. So then is when she made arrangements to have Urban Voices Heard shows at Books in the Hood (the only black-owned bookstore in the South Bronx).
“I wanted to create an environment for those voices never heard before and where urban voices would be heard. Especially, artists too afraid to “spit” at the better known venues. The show was called, Urban Voices Heard Presents: “WRITE OUT LOUD”.”
Along with providing a sounding board for the people of the Bronx to come find and let their voices be heard and a vast collection of entertaining shows (pictured are flyers from previous shows over the years), for over five years, Urban Voices Heard performed for colleges, universities, elderly centers, Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, and many more. They also opened for the popular NYC award-winning spoken word poetry troupe, El Grito de Poetas.
There seems to be no quit in Latanya DeVaughn. Or, in what she’ll create for The Arts. She has, since December 1, 2013, founded The Sunday Writing Circle and later within the year, The Full Circle Ensemble NYC and Full Circle Collective (a group of curators, businesses, and people that produce greatness in NYC Arts, for the art-lovers).
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