he Royal Ontario Museum is among the world’s leading museums. The museum’s Institute for Contemporary Culture hosts many events that explore current issues, such as the SPEAKout Summer Slam on August 6, 2010. The event was a poetry competition with 13 contestants, all who recited their work from various poetic perspectives.
One contestant,Ahmed El Ahmady, rules out false hood. “He states that no matter how many times society says Islam is a religion of peace, it also does not distinguish 9/11 from Islam. Unfortunately, some people don’t bother to educate themselves on the religion.” He saying that Islam is very peaceful religion to believe in.
What Islam, did to the twin tower that is an unforgettable thing. Islam did not bother to act in a wrong way or a right way. Until they got their revenge back. But some people didn’t care about their religions.
they didn’t even try to educate their self to learn about their past history of religion of society.. Another contestant, Amal Albaz, tackles issues of racist stereotypes in the media towards religion and ethnicity. Many women and men believe in a set idea of physical perfection, and anyone who does not meet this ideal is not viewed as fashionable, modern or unfortunately, as civilized as the ‘average Western person’. Albaz is an 18 year old journalism student at Ryerson University. She uses her words as a weapon to ignite change from within. Her journey in poetry began at the age of 11, and continued ever since.
She has performed at several events across Canada, striving to make a difference in the world. She hopes her words are loud enough to be heard by all. Loh El speaks of the awful scenes that constantly occur on battlefields, and how they do not appear the way they should on the news. He delivers a clear message that war is glorified, and if anything, most individual soldiers are not noticed by the public. Many families and individual stories end when the soldier’s service for the country begins. Graeme O’Farrell (who prefers their stage name, Loh El) is a self-described revolutionary. A performance poet, musician and song writer, he wraps his lyrical artillery in melodies to inspire the heart to awaken and to call the people to action.
He also works as a permaculture designer, designing sustainable human habitat and teaching others how to live ethically on the Earth for the benefit of generations to come. He has two collections of poetry for sale and is currently working on EP’s of poetry and music respectively. The event hosted a lot of talent, and had a diverse audience of 230 people. The poets and audience enjoyed an evening of intense emotional and intellectual banter. The contestants valued the feedback received by the judges, and the event served as a promising networking opportunity for the GTA’s up-and-coming talent.
Arts and culture make considerable and necessary contributions to the well-being of communities. Arts and culture are powerful tools with which to engage communities in various levels of change. They are a means to public dialogue, contribute to the development of a community’s creative learning, create healthy communities capable of action, provide a powerful tool for community mobilization and activism, and help build community capacity and leadership.