Earlier this year Darius V. Daughtry, an educator, playwright, and poet who uses the power of the written and spoken word to inspire young lives and build stronger communities gave a TEDx Talk that was pure poetry. It illustrated the power of the spoken and written word to guide people through life’s difficulties — and advocated for equitable access to arts programming and education. Daughtry is also the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of the Art Prevails Project, a performing and literary arts organization whose mission is to cultivate community by creating equitable access to arts programming and education. His talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Since that Tedx Talk Daughtry has produced and directed a successful play called Merchants of Venice at the new Victory Black Box Theatre in Fort Lauderdale, a Staged Reading called Seeking at Broward Center for Performing Arts, organized Writing Workshops and Creative Networking Events in various communities and has curated dozens of other youth arts-related projects on his literary plate.
Daughtry shared 5 Takeaways from that Ted X Talk and explained what inspired it, and what he thinks is still lacking in the Arts World.
5 Takeaways from Darius Daughtry’s Ted X Talk:
- Exposure to the arts increases self-confidence, self-awareness, and empathy
- Arts and culture integrated into traditional education can be transformational
- Poetry is for everyone and does not just consist of old, dead white men
- Access to arts and culture is a human right that should be invested in
- Write it out: put your pen to the paper to help you get through the ups and downs of life