2010-06-18 / Community

RAA Gives Voice To Words

The Rockaway Artists Alliance showcases the art of public speaking as its Writers Group presents “Give Voice To Your Words!” an interactive presentation with public speaking consultant Michelle J. Dyett- Welcome. Ms. Dyett-Welcome, along with her husband, will guide writers and others through tips and insights on speaking to an audience. Spreading her knowledge and experience in person and via blog, internet and talk radio, Ms. Dyett- Welcome of Excuse Me! Let Me Speak! is uniquely positioned to address this topic. Not only is she a consultant in the field, but also a writer, playwright and RAA member.

This free event (donations accepted) takes place on Sunday, June 20 at 4 p.m. in the RAA’s sTudio 6 Gallery at the Rockaway Center for the Arts in Fort Tilden. It will be followed by the Rockaway Artists Alliance Writers Group regular meeting. Writers, non-writers and everyone else is more than welcome to attend. Ample free parking is also available.

The RAA Writers Group, now in its second year, meets once a month, generally on the 3rd Sunday, from 4-6 p.m. in either the sTudio 6 or sTudio 7 Gallery and provides a space where writers of all genres and all levels can share their ideas, feedback, resources and opportunities as well as their writing. The group is open to all, writers and those interested in writing, as well.

The group also features guest speakers and promotes other projects and events. Recently taking the T-7 gallery stage for the opening of the RAA’s newest show, “Left Brain/Right Brain,” they presented a program of original works interwoven with the ideas of the exhibition. Written, produced and performed by the group, the afternoon included poetry, prose reading, stand up comedy, surprises, audience participation, music and a short play. They even provided the opening musical act.

For more information and directions call 718-474-0861, e-mail info@raa116.org or visit www. rockawayartistsalliance.org. For more information on the work of Michelle Dyett-Welcome, visit www.excusemeletmespeak.com or www.blogtalkradio.com/letmespeak

The Rockaway Artists Alliance meets the second Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. alternately in the T-6 and T-7 galleries at Fort Tilden. RAA works in partnership with the National Park Service at Gateway National Recreation Area and in part is supported by NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, JP Morgan Chase, The Independence Community Foundation, the Brooklyn Brewery and individual supporters. Generous donations of any kind to support the arts are always welcomed.

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