CAPA Students Get a Tour of Sampsonia Way
On May 16, 2011, about 30 students from CAPA, a creative and performing arts magnet school in Pittsburgh’s downtown Cultural District, visited City of Asylum/Pittsburgh’s headquarters in the Northside.
Their teacher Lynn Marsico explained the idea behind the visit: “Students need to realize that there are writers in this world who do not share the freedom of expression that we have in the United States. Visiting City of Asylum can broaden their world view and encourage them to think more deeply about what it means to be a writer.”
Under the guidance of Henry Reese the students toured Sampsonia Way, stopping at the headquarters of COA/P and Sampsonia Way magazine, and the houses of the organization’s writers in residence.
After their visit, the students had some questions and several things that they wanted to say about freedom of speech, COA/P, and the program’s importance for writers and the community.
Sampsonia Way sat down with eight writing students from CAPA and asked them what they thought. Excerpts from their responses are presented in the slideshow above.
Read also about a middle-school student’s poetic connection with Huang Xiang.