The Power of Words: An Evening To Support Healthy Democracy

Power of Words flyer with Andrea Vocab Sanderson

NOWCastSA is pleased to announce that San Antonio Poet Laureate Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson will be our guest at the inaugural Power of Words Gala, in conversation with NOWCastSA Executive Director Charlotte-Anne Lucas.

Sanderson is an award-winning poet, singer and hip hop artist whose debut book, “She Lives in Music” was published on Valentine’s Day 2020. She began her three-year term as San Antonio’s Poet Laureate on March 31, just 20 days after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. She presented her highly anticipated "Hope Rising” TEDx talk on Sept. 26.

Sanderson believes in the healing power of poetry. She used hashtags with writing prompts to help people process the events of 2020 through social media posts, then led a video workshop to show people how to amplify their voices with colored pencils on poetry postcards.

She is using her platform “to showcase the power of art as activism,” painting her most recent poem in big yellow letters on the street around Travis Park.

This virtual experience will support NOWCastSA’s nonpartisan public service journalism. Never has our journalism been more important or more in demand.

The event will focus on funding nonprofit journalism and promoting meaningful civic engagement in our post-pandemic world. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit a question for the speakers when they register.

Registration payments for this event are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law – and will be doubled by NewsMatch.

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