The Belgrade Community Library will host the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau program “Express to Speak” with Tahj Kjelland on October 17. The program will be at Belgrade Community Library at 6:00 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public. Partial funding for the Speakers Bureau program is provided by a legislative grant from Montana’s Cultural Trust and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“Express to Speak” is a program designed to enhance teen and pre-teen abilities to write and perform spontaneous poetry. Better known as spoken-word poetry or hip hop, spontaneous poetry integrates real-world experience with improvised performance. “Express to Speak” gives participants the opportunity to express themselves artistically through story. Mind-mapping exercises used in this workshop are designed to open up kids to their voice, views, and passions while giving them real-life problem-solving tools.
Tahj Bo Kjelland has been involved in performance art since the age of five. Growing up in an active music family, Kjelland spent many nights sleeping in the music room while grown folks rehearsed or jammed. Kjelland became more involved in hip hop and spoken-word performance and always seemed to lean toward expression that challenged the status quo. He has been involved in many areas of the music industry as a bass player, vocalist, stage manager, and promoter. He also hosts the poetry slam at the Montana Festival of the Book each year.
For more information or to pre-register, please call Belgrade Community Library at (406)388-4346.