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The Hop’s new Community Venture Initiative (CVI) aims to increase the Upper Valley community’s engagement and access to Hop programming. CVI builds on the Hop’s commitment, over its 50-year history, to community-oriented programs involving a strong network of local organizational partners, as well as on ideas generated by the Hop’s Class Divide Project, a three-year initiative that examined socio-economic class via the arts.
The project is funded by Jane’s Trust, as well as support from Jane and Peter McLaughlin, The Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation, Neda Nobari Foundation, Nini and Rob Meyer, Jenny and Stan Williams and Norwich Partners.


Award-winning professional slam poet Mahogany Browne was artist-in-residence for a free 6-week performance poetry program for youth at the White River Junction, VT Junction Teen Life Skills Center that engaged participants in creating and presenting original poetry.
Mahogany trained and mentored five Dartmouth student interns, who in turn led the Junction teens for the four weeks between Mahogany’s first and last residency weeks. Lesson plans were developed to promote self-expression and discovery while building life-long creative writing and public speaking skills.
In April 2014, teens shared their poetry at Second Growth’s Spring Arts and Music Fest at the Junction. In May, participating youth visited Dartmouth’s Hood Museum and Black Family Visual Arts Center and attended a poetry reading. A culminating event, designed by the teens themselves, was held at the Main Street Museum in White River Junction, VT on May 29, featuring spoken word performances by the Junction teens, Dartmouth interns, Mahogany Browne and Dartmouth’s Soul Scribes.

“The poetry project truly gave me the opportunity to see just how creative, caring, emotional, and committed the youth of The Junction can be. I could not be more proud of all their work, and will be forever grateful to be have been able to watch how enjoyable this experience was for them with the Dartmouth student mentors and Mahogany.” Jessica Taylor, Program Coordinator