Tomas Stanton is a poet, writer, teaching artist, and community activist. He says he's a self-taught artist dedicated to advancing the art of spoken word through fusion with theatre and dance.
Stanton is co-founder of Phoenix's premiere youth spoken word ensemble, Phonetic Spit. He uses hip-hop pedagogy to inspire youth to boldly express themselves through poetry, dance, theatre, and graffiti. His work and teaching style is rooted in his childhood experiences of poverty and single parent household, political issues, identity, and love.
I came to Phoenix with ... I was actually born and raised in Phoenix.
I make art because ... I believe that everyone has a story to tell and that everyone's story is important to hear. Sharing our stories is one of the most important ways we can connect as humans. I write and share my story through spoken word so others will be encouraged to do the same.
I'm most productive when ... I once read a fortune cookie that stated "A peaceful mind is a creative mind." I am most productive when I can find peace in the chaos.
My inspiration wall is full of ... Untold stories.
I've learned the most from ... Teaching and working with youth.
Good work should always ... Be vulnerable
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The Phoenix creative scene could use more ... I think that the creative scene in Phoenix is actually doing fine. What I believe would benefit our community the most is if more people would take the risk of coming out on a Tuesday night to watch a play, seems like to me people only patron events on the conventional days.
The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)
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