Poetry Night in Ann Arbor
Dec
15
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Night in Ann Arbor

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Join us for an evening of spoken word poetry and live music by Ann Arbor/Ypsi youth! Our teen artists are working together for two months leading up to Poetry Night under the guidance of featured poets Anika Love, Lilly Kujawski and Aldo Leopoldo Pando Girard to present a powerful, multimedia production. This event will also be the book release for I Name This Body Mine, a collection of poems by the featured poets. This will be a show about reclamation- re-writing our trauma narratives, reclaiming the parts of us that are shamed and silenced, and re-imaging alternatives to our current reality. Come dream a new day with us!

Tickets:
$10/youth (21 & under)
$20/adults (22 & up)
*discounts available for groups of 5+ and/or school field trips

Tickets are available in advance at the Neutral Zone (310 E. Washington) 
or online at: https://conta.cc/2OX5YDl

The show will be held at Mendelssohn Theatre, Michigan League, U of M. Parking on campus can be hard so it may take a little while to find a spot!

For more info, contact molly@neutral-zone.org

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Teen 24 Hour Film Challenge
Feb
2
to Feb 3

Teen 24 Hour Film Challenge

Ready, Set, Shoot!
The Teen 24-Hour Film Competition is a collaborative effort between the Neutral Zone, Community Television Network (CTN), and Ypsi 24 Hour Shootout for the purpose of supporting the teen independent filmmaking community in Southeast Michigan.  The competition offers an opportunity for area teen filmmakers to match their talents against their peers while competing for cash prizes.  With support from a dedicated team of volunteers, and generous community support, we are proud to be able to bring the competition to the Ann Arbor area.

How It Works
The event, a competition,  happens in a 24-hour time frame.  Each participant is allowed to assemble a team and crew.  At the start of the competition, several required “ingredients” will be announced.  For example, they may include a line of dialogue, a prop, or a location.  These elements force teams to think on their feet and not rely on pre-planned scripts or material.

Final video files must be delivered to the Neutral Zone within the 24-hour deadline to be considered for the cash prizes.  Filmmakers need to submit their completed film on the USB drive provided to them at the kick-off event.  All entries will be judged by an independent jury who will award prizes to the best films in the competition.

Dates and Details
The Teen 24-Hour Film Competition will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 to Sunday, February 3, 2019.  The competition will kick-off at Neutral Zone at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 2nd.  Film will need to be delivered back to the Neutral Zone by 12 p.m. on Sunday, February 3rd. The public screening will be February 11th from 5-7pm  The screening will be held at Neutral Zone.

Participant Requirements/Info

  • The competition is open to filmmakers between the ages of 13 and 18, with parental permission.

  • There is no registration fee.

  • Films must be 2-5 minutes long including credits.  No shorter and no longer!

  • All films must include the required “ingredients”.

  • The grand prize for “best of show” is $500.

  • There are no restrictions to what type of film you can produce. All film genres are acceptable (i.e. narrative, documentary, experimental etc…)  Films deemed overtly offensive or inappropriate may be denied a public screening and disqualified from awards.

  • All films must be shot within the 24-hour period.  Pre-made sound effects, music, or other abstract elements may be used.

  • A team must be registered under a single team leader; however all participants need to have a consent form signed by their parents if under 18 years of age. There is no limit on team size; the cast and crew must volunteer their time.  You can also go it alone!

  • Individuals over 19 years of age may serve as drivers and may be an actor in your film, but can not otherwise participate.  Individuals under 13 years of age may be used as an actor in your film.

Register Here

All participants must complete a Consent Form that is due on or before the day of the competition.  It must be signed by a parent if participants are under 18 years of age.

24 Hour Teen Film Competition Consent Form

24-Hour Film Competition FAQ and Info

24 Hour Film Rules & Regulations

Tips for Success (PDF)

Vimeo Video Compression Guidelines

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Spinning Dot Theatre
Dec
8
to Dec 9

Spinning Dot Theatre

and … then he looked at me is a poignant look at the impact of bullying and gun violence on our young people today.  Written by Jose Casas, it recounts a true story in artistic form based on an event from a middle school in the US.  The play presents the situation from a multitude of vantage points and reveals the two sides, the two Jeremy’s, without qualifying one as good or bad.  This production of and … then he looked at me is a collaboration between Neutral Zone and Spinning Dot Theatre teens with the support of MCACA and The Arts Alliance.

The play itself is 30 minutes in length and will be followed by a post show experience lead by the Neutral Zone SEED teens to engage the audience and to increase awareness and dialogue between young people and community members in attendance at the performances.

December 8 @ 3pm
December 8 @ 7pm
December 9 @ 3pm

 Suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for youth, but no one will be turned away due to finances.  

*Please note that this play is recommended for for ages 12 and up. 

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The Visual Arts Collective Presents: Evolution
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

The Visual Arts Collective Presents: Evolution

The Visual Arts Collective proudly presents, an all media art exhibition themed, "Evolution."  This event will feature the art work from VAC members in addition to other participating youth artists from the area. 

Join us Friday, December 7th from 6pm - 8pm for this one night only, extraordinary, youth curated, art show.

Free and open to the public. 

Want to submit your art or need more information?  Contact: thiefels@neutral-zone.org

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Teen Poetry Slam FINALS
Nov
30
6:00 PM18:00

Teen Poetry Slam FINALS

If you are interested in winning a spot on the A2/Ypsi slam team and competing with poets from all over the midwest, come and give us your best.

Prelim Slams
@ Ypsi High: November 7 from 6-8PM
@ Pioneer: November 12 from 7-9PM
@ Community: November 16 from 7-9PM

Finals
@ Neutral Zone: November 30 from 6-8PM

If you have any questions feel free to email Molly Raynor at molly@neutral-zone.org

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Project GreeNZ Cooking Class
Nov
29
6:00 PM18:00

Project GreeNZ Cooking Class

Free Cooking Class Featuring Chef Emil

“Use Your Noodle”

Chef Emil will teach a class in the Neutral Zone cafe on how to make three easy and satisfying pasta dishes.

Please RSVP HERE

Chef Emil Boch has over 15 years experience in the culinary field ranging from owning a catering company and working in restaurants to management, menu design, and food marketing. For Emil, cooking weaves together creativity, history, and sociology, plus transfers feelings of joy and abundance. Emil lives in Ypsilanti township with his partner Monica and  their two dogs. He enjoys travel, soccer, ice skating, playing billiards and cards, and his favorite food is a NY bagel with extra cream cheese.

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Teen Poetry Slams - Community High School
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Teen Poetry Slams - Community High School

If you are interested in winning a spot on the A2/Ypsi slam team and competing with poets from all over the midwest, come and give us your best.

Prelim Slams
@ Ypsi High: November 7 from 6-8PM
@ Pioneer: November 12 from 7-9PM
@ Community: November 16 from 7-9PM

Finals
@ Neutral Zone: November 30 from 6-8PM

If you have any questions feel free to email Molly Raynor at molly@neutral-zone.org

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Teen Poetry Slams - Pioneer High School
Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

Teen Poetry Slams - Pioneer High School

If you are interested in winning a spot on the A2/Ypsi slam team and competing with poets from all over the midwest, come and give us your best.

Prelim Slams
@ Ypsi High: November 7 from 6-8PM
@ Pioneer: November 12 from 7-9PM
@ Community: November 16 from 7-9PM

Finals
@ Neutral Zone: November 30 from 6-8PM

If you have any questions feel free to email Molly Raynor at molly@neutral-zone.org

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Teen Poetry Slams - Ypsi High
Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

Teen Poetry Slams - Ypsi High

If you are interested in winning a spot on the A2/Ypsi slam team and competing with poets from all over the midwest, come and give us your best.

Prelim Slams
@ Ypsi High: November 7 from 6-8PM
@ Pioneer: November 12 from 7-9PM
@ Community: November 16 from 7-9PM

Finals
@ Neutral Zone: November 30 from 6-8PM

If you have any questions feel free to email Molly Raynor at molly@neutral-zone.org

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Zone Hack Tech Challenge
Oct
25
4:00 PM16:00

Zone Hack Tech Challenge

Neutral Zone, will host a county wide "Tech Challenge" opportunity for all high school aged youth.  Our recent partnership with NETSCOUT will allow us to fund and or support 2-3 proposals to completion.  We aim to hold a think-tank / brainstorming / meet up and team forming session, at the Neutral Zone, for interested youth and teachers to attend.  

In a workshop format we will guide students to address a "problem, need, or activity" that a tech application, website, game, or object (that the students design) could solve.  We will facilitate the formation of teams and give students the option to use the Neutral Zone's Zone Hack program time (Thursday's 4 - 5:30pm), to seek one on one mentor-ship from our Zone Hack adviser team.  

The teams will be invited back in November (date tba) to pitch their ideas to a group of advisers and at that point the winning proposals will advance, having the rest of the school year to complete.  In addition, we will connect these young tech students to local tech companies and innovative start ups, host site visits and tours, and have one of a kind speakers and workshops hosted at the Neutral Zone to compliment their projects.

Please sign up through this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScjrIqSw512lossC6Dz5OZ5l3utz9HUMerlr1EkibZCIu6Teg/viewform?usp=sf_link 

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Fall Event 2018
Oct
22
6:00 PM18:00

Fall Event 2018

Join us for “Under Construction”, our signature annual fundraiser at the Michigan League on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 6PM. This year we are pleased to honor Masco for their dedication to the Neutral Zone and to the community. Enjoy a strolling dinner featuring youth demonstrations and exhibits, followed by a seated program and dessert.

Tickets start at $175/ person. Table sponsorships are $1500 and include 8 seats. For more event and sponsor information, contact Amy Milligan amy@neutral-zone.org or (734) 214-9995 ext. 223.

Click here to purchase tickets

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