Culminating Event & Art Show
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Culminating Event & Art Show

  • Ann Arbor District Library 4th Flr (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We will close out this month-long program with a culminating event at the downtown Ann Arbor Library, featuring a performance and Q&A with our visiting artist Kush Thompson (out of Chicago, by way of New Orleans.) Leading up to her reading, members of the teen book club will share their poetic responses to Citizen and identity collages made by community members will be displayed for viewing in a gallery.

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Book Release Party - Self Portraits, Mixed Media by Aldo Leopoldo Pando Girard
Apr
8
6:00 PM18:00

Book Release Party - Self Portraits, Mixed Media by Aldo Leopoldo Pando Girard

Join us for the release of Self Portraits, Mixed Media by Aldo Leoploldo Pando Girard, Ann Arbor’s Youth Poet Laureate! Aldo will read from his poetry collection, followed by a Q & A and book signing. This event is FREE and open to the public. The venue is not wheelchair accessible.

“Aldo Leopoldo Pando Girard has created a touchable, tender topography of home, distance, and the various ways to view the self. This is a many-mirrored book of glorious work, and each reflection echoing back is work staring into.” —Hanif Abdurraqib

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Citizenship Dinner: Immigration
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

Citizenship Dinner: Immigration

Neutral Zone youth leaders will host a "citizenship dinner" for the public. Community members who attend will share a meal and engage in discussion of Citizen. Guiding questions and activities for the evening will encourage small group conversation and center on the theme of identity and definitions of citizenship, with a focus on the experiences of immigrants and refugees in the US. Neutral Zone youth leaders will perform original poetry to further explore the themes of Citizen. A simultaneous citizenship dinner will take place on the University of Michigan campus, following a similar format and addressing the carceral state with a featured performance by Cozine Welch of the Prison Creative Arts Project.

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Citizen Identity Collage Workshop
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Citizen Identity Collage Workshop

At this public art workshop, participants will examine the visuals in Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine and study various artists who use collage to address issues of identity and social justice. They will be provided with materials to make their own collages and write artist statements that will be hung in a gallery at the culminating event. This workshop will be led by local visual artist and poet Anika Love.

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NEA Big Read Kick-Off Event
Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

NEA Big Read Kick-Off Event

Come join us to kick off the month-long community project, "Neutral Zone Presents: NEA Big Read in Ann Arbor." Members of the Ann Arbor community and surrounding cities will come together throughout March 2019 for critical explorations of race, gender, class and other intersecting identities, centered around a deep dive into Claudia Rankine’s National Book Critics Circle Award-winning collection of poetry, Citizen: An American Lyric. The month-long program, presented by the Neutral Zone — a diverse, youth-driven nonprofit — was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. At the kickoff event, community members will enter the conversation central to the program by reading passages from Citizen and responding to them in small and large group conversation. At the event, youth leaders from the Neutral Zone and Ozone House will also perform original poetry invested in the themes of Citizen: namely, the experiences of women of color, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, and what it means to be "citizen."

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TAC Gala
Feb
9
7:00 PM19:00

TAC Gala

NOTICE: We are excited to announce that this event is SOLD OUT.

HOWEVER, If you are a parent of a teen or have committed to attend but have not yet purchased your tickets, please contact Kelsey at kelsey@neutral-zone.org or Amy at amy@neutral-zone.org and we will send you a payment link. THANK YOU

Join the Neutral Zone's Teen Advisory Council for an evening of music, poetry, and refreshments while NZ teens pitch project ideas worth investing in. Saturday, February 9, 2019, 7PM.  At the Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington St, Ann Arbor.

Your $10 ticket helps cover the costs for food and drink.  We ask that you consider donating at least $25 to one or more of the teen programs pitched at the event.

Hosted by the NZ Teen Advisory Council:

Charlie Seely, Noah Weiner, Elijah Shore, Roxie Richner, Olivia Haber, Issac McKenna, Angelina Smith, Adam Ruff, Chava Makman-Levinso, Emma Davis-Rodak, Sophie Ernst, Julia Barge, Lily Rosenberg

A Red Carpet Event - Cocktail Attire - 21 & Over

Can’t attend? You can make a regrets donation here. Thank you!

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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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2019 Youth Driven Spaces Conference
Jan
26
9:30 AM09:30

2019 Youth Driven Spaces Conference

Our 2nd Annual Youth Driven Spaces Conference is an opportunity for community-based organizations and schools in SE Michigan to participate in an exciting day of networking, professional development, youth-led sessions and dialogue centered on youth voice in our region.  The conference will feature youth-led sessions about youth driven projects happening in the region and a “pitch” session, where youth will present ideas to the conference to earn funding for their youth driven initiatives.  

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Cooking Class with Chef Emil
Jan
10
6:00 PM18:00

Cooking Class with Chef Emil

Chef Emil will teach a class in the Neutral Zone cafe on how to make mediterranean cuisine.

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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Free Cooking Class with Chef Emil
Dec
20
6:00 PM18:00

Free Cooking Class with Chef Emil

Chef Emil will teach a class in the Neutral Zone cafe on how to make tortillas and all of the prepping of the toppings for tacos.

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

Poetry Night in Ann Arbor

  • Michigan League Mendelssohn Theatre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

NOTE: Online ticket sales will close on the day of the event at 3:00 PM. After that time, tickets will be available at the box office at the Mendelssohn beginning at 6:00.

The show will be held at Mendelssohn Theater, 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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