Karla Robinson

Karla Robinson


Karla Robinson, a TATIP alum and former Community-Word Project Teaching Artist, is excited to return to Community-Word as a TATIP Facilitator. A Bronx native, Karla believes deeply in art's ability to transform culture and community and uses the art of poetry to support young people caught at the intersection of multiple state institutions. Before working with Community-Word Project, she was the Director of Arts & Youth Development with Voices UnBroken. As an arts educator with a Special Education Teaching Credential, she brings 15 years of direct service, professional development and administrative experience in juvenile justice, community and school-based settings.  She has worked with all ages at varied organizations including WritersCorps- a program of the San Francisco Arts Commission, Each One Reach One- a playwriting program for incarcerated youth and The Red Ladder Theater Company, the outreach company of the San Jose Repertory Theater Company.  As an Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellow with the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute she is dedicated to ensuring cultural equity for people of the Diaspora across New York City.  A founding member of the Herstories Project, she has been seen in its productions of TAPESTRY and Bone Songs and has shared her work at Yeah, That’s What She Said, a pop-up feminist interdisciplinary arts event.  A line from her poem, High Tide, summarizes her poetic and teaching philosophy:

“… if we do not tell our own stories in our own voices, others will tell them for us; they’ll paint us the wrong color and call us out our name.” 


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