Spoken Word Artist & Educator Azure Antoinette Speaks at The College of New Rochelle


New Rochelle, NY, March 19, 2014 – Azure Antoinette, called "the Maya Angelou of the Millenial generation," will speak on March 27, at The College of New Rochelle. Antoinette, poet, spoken word artist, and youth arts advocate, will speak about her arts-in-education program for teenaged girls and read a selection of her poems from 7-9 p.m in Romita Auditorium. The event is this year's Elvira M. Dowell '36 Lecture, sponsored by the Women's Studies Program. 
"As a women's college, we are particularly interested in Ms. Antoinette's expertise in reaching out to young women through the arts. We are excited for her to share her insights into teaching others to make personally relevant art. This will be very useful for our students, many of whom are studying for professions that will require motivating people in their everyday lives." commented Dr. Rebecca Lafleur, Associate Professor of Psychology, who organized the event.

Azure Antoinette is in high demand as a poet, arts-in-education consultant, speaker and workshop facilitator on youth poetic expression and creative writing as catharsis. In 2011, she founded an arts-in-educaiton program, STUDIO:alchemy, running in New York, Iowa and Los Angeles, that provides custom workshops to excite and educate teenaged girls on how spoken word, performance poetry and social media can make an impact on the world. For this project, among others, Antoinette was included in Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women in the World issue in 2012 in the "Women Helping Women" special section. 

She has been commissioned to write for a number of significant people and organizations including Maria Shriver, Beats By Dr. Dre, Girl Scouts of America, The Documentary Group, California Arts Council, the late Lt. Colonel Lee Archer (Tuskegee Airman), and American Cancer Society's benefit Art 4 Life.