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MONTREAL, JANUARY 26, 2015 – Looking to ignite the artistic fire in their students, teachers Naomi Large and Sharon Erskine at LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent (2505 Cote Vertu) have invited award winning spoken word artist Patrick de Belen to be their spark.

Set to work with the students throughout the morning of Monday, February 9, as they begin their unit on social justice, de Belen bridges the gap between auditory and visual art through his award winning spoken word poetry.

Students will experience first-hand his artistic prowess as at 8:29, he will start the day with a performance, before splitting the students into two groups for in-class workshops (9:57 – 11:15; 11:35 – 12:53). 

“I hope that by working with Patrick, our students will find their voice by creating art that address the changes they want to see in our future world,” said Large. “Patrick believes that if you want to find the cure to the many problems of our current world, you have to go the origin of the epidemic. We will be doing just this at LaurenHill, making art to affect change.”

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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213