Louder Than A Bomb Florida - Jason Taylor Foundation

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Louder Than a Bomb Florida

Building upon the amazing impact the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network has had on area youth since launching the program in 2013, football legend Jason Taylor and his Jason Taylor Foundation are now taking bluapple to new heights by bringing the “Super Bowl of Poetry” to Broward County! The 2014-15 school year marked the launch of Louder Than a Bomb Florida (LTABFLA), empowering and uniting South Florida’s youth and community through the art of the spoken word!

Beginning in September of 2014, teachers and students from schools as far south as Homestead and as far north as Port St. Lucie, often times with the assistance of a bluapple Teaching Artist, began working, learning, creating and sharing within their classrooms, in after-school clubs and through various teen open mics throughout South Florida, developing safe spaces for individual and collective expression on their respective campuses and in their communities.

Now in it’s eighth year, the culmination of this work is manifested in a 47-day festival from March 15th through April 29th, which is highlighted by a friendly competition taking place in dynamic venues throughout Broward County. A diverse group of students, parents, administrators and community members representing nearly 45 schools participated in various LTABFLA events, creating authentic narratives to reimagine the self and one another while developing mutual respect and tolerance for difference.

To see the full impact of what this groundbreaking program had on South Florida in just its first year,

The bluapple Poetry Network is gearing up for the 2022 Louder Than A Bomb Florida with full expectation of being markedly bigger and better. The eighth-year festival will run from March 15th through April 29th, 2022, and will feature a wide array of schools from Homestead to Jacksonville to Tampa and all areas in between, with unique exposure to some of the finest facilities in the tri-county area and beyond.

LTABFLA 2022 Schedule of Events*

    [li type=”glyphicon-none”]Tuesday, March 15th – Firecracker/Dynamite Slam – Location TBD[/li] [li type=”glyphicon-none”]Wednesday, March 30th – Preliminary Bouts – Location TBD[/li] [li type=”glyphicon-none”]Wednesday, April 6th – Coaches Slam/SFYPL Book Release Party – Location TBD (6:30pm to 8:30pm)[/li] [li type=”glyphicon-none”]Sunday, April 3rd – “Food for Thought” bluapple Block Party presented by Hoffman’s ChocolatesThe Fountains in Plantation (12:00pm to 4:00pm)[/li] [li type=”glyphicon-none”]Saturday, April 9th – Semifinals – Location TBD[/li] [li type=”glyphicon-none”]Tuesday, April 12th – Town Hall – Location TBD (6:30pm to 8:30pm)[/li][li type=”glyphicon-none”]Wednesday, April 20th – College Slam Open Mic – Location TBD (7:00pm to 9:00pm)[/li] [li type=”glyphicon-none”]Thursday, April 21st – Amp’d Up – Location TBD (6:30pm to 8:30pm)[/li] [li type=”glyphicon-none”]Friday, April 22nd – Indy Finals – Location TBD (7:00pm to 10:00pm; doors open at 6:30pm)[/li] [li type=”glyphicon-none”]Saturday, April 23rd – Team Finals – Lou Rawls Center, Florida Memorial University (6:30pm to 9:00pm; doors open at 6:00pm)[/li] [li type=”glyphicon-none”]Friday, April 29th – South Florida Youth Poet Laureate Book Release Party – ArtServe, Fort Lauderdale (7:00pm to 10:00pm; doors open at 6:30pm)[/li]


Want to Volunteer?

Louder Than A Bomb Florida needs volunteers to serve in various roles throughout the festival but most importantly during the prelims and semis of the team competition. To offer your time and talents to this amazing event, please click the red call to action button at the top of the page or contact the Jason Taylor Foundation at info@jasontaylorfoundation.com or by calling (954) 424-0799.