Moving Words is an ARTS By The People project made possible by a generous grant from The Santiago Abut Foundation, in loving memory of Santi Abut. It is an exciting transnational collaboration amongst artists of prose, poetry, voice acting and animation. Moving Words intersects voices of all ages through twelve writers of various groups whose submitted works will transform into short films by students at the Shenkar School of Engineering and Design. These writers, under the guidance of ARTS By The People’s writing scholar, have their works voice acted by students at Drew University, and subsequently animated by college students in Israel.

The goal of Moving Words is to empower and inspire writers of all ages to tap into their inner creativity and think in terms of visual imagery as well as written word.

The Moving Words 2017 U.S. premier will be at the Ehringer Center at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey on September 9, 7-9:30 pm. There will be a Talk Back with the writers after the showing, followed by a reception hosted by ARTS By The People and The Santiago Abut Foundation, in loving memory of Santi Abut.

Tickets for the U.S. Premier are free, but require a reservation. Please reserve them here.

Below is one of the videopoem collaborations to come out of the Moving Words project.

Title: “They’ll say the blue whale’s tongue weight as much as an elephant”
Poet: Darla Himeles
Animation: Ron Levin


ARTS by the People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. They’re mission is to establish, operate, promote, and conduct educational programs, opportunities, classes, and sessions in the creative arts for the public, especially seniors and youth.

Their goal is to empower individuals through collaborative acts of self-expression. They believe that self-awareness and communication come forth in shared creative acts and that the arts offer universal benefits for people of all ages and backgrounds. Exposure through a diverse range of creative mediums can reach individuals and build communities of small interest groups or generate intergenerational connections. It is their belief that the arts can also bridge social divisions and strengthen understanding, collaboration and acceptance in communities of diversity and need. Their programs are run by talented teaching artists who are experts in their fields. With public support, Arts By the People is able to keep its programs free for its participants. They believe that the arts should be available and accessible to all.

They offer over 40 monthly classes and workshops at various locations, including studios, public schools, bookstores, coffee shops, charter schools, drop-in centers, and senior facilities. They also facilitate monthly art and literary events such as The Platform, a literary open mic, and they publish Platform Review, a collection of literary voices and art from our community.

You can find out more on their Web site.