|Meta-Four Houston encourages self-expression and literacy among Houston’s youth through creative writing and performance. Meta-Four Houston grew out of the Young Houston Writers 2007 -2008 collaboration between the Houston Chronicle daily newspaper and three local arts non-profits – DiverseWorks, Voices Breaking Boundaries and Writers in the Schools – that formed to identify and support the nascent youth spoken-word community in our city. In 2008, the project changed its name to Meta-Four Houston and became a mentored project of DiverseWorks.
Meta-Four Houston extends DiverseWorks’ history working with young people through writing and performance workshops [School's OUT: The Naming Project '94 & '96 with Mary Ellen Strom; QuAC: The Queer Artist Collective (1998-2000); Turned Up Volume with Barbara Bickart and Jama Shelton (2001-2004)] and combines with DW’s history of presenting and commissioning Hip-Hop and spoken-word inspired artists (Universes, Mark Bamuthi Joseph, The Suicide Kings, Grandalism, Aerosol Warfare, and many others).
|Meta-Four Houston provides a safe, encouraging, after-school and weekend environment where teens of diverse backgrounds and economic circumstances:
|The ability to articulate a vision and encourage others to achieve it is the hallmark of a true leader in all vocations and avocations. Through Meta-Four Houston, our city’s next generation of leaders discovers what matters most to them and how to express that purpose using the most powerful tools available – their own words and voices.|
|To keep up-to-date with Meta-Four Houston, please check out their website: MetaFourHouston.org|