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Strawberry Cheesecake

Pastries and Poetry part 3

Did someone say strawberry cheesecake? You bet!

Laura Pena and Chef BrianIt’s the third event in our Pastries and Poetry series presented by Chef Brian Smith, coming to you just in time for Valentine’s Day. Click the link to reserve your spot for Monday, February 8th at 6pm MST and treat yourself to this first taste of spring with a [suggested] $35 donation that goes directly to our youth empowerment programs. You’ll hear some incredible youth poets perform as you create your very own edible art. We are berry excited, and hope you are too!

A suggested $35 donation gets you a spot to join in the fun. But if you can’t donate that much, please choose your amount and join us to support the youth poets by listening to their voices!

See below for a list of ingredients.

Please let us know when you RSVP if you have dietary restrictions and/or preferences so that we can work with you to accommodate them.

Thank you for supporting the work that Art from Ashes is doing for their community. We’ll see you in your kitchen soon!

Tools you’ll need:

10-inch Cake Pan
Kitchenmaid Mixer or Hand Mixer
Rubber Spatula
Small/Medium Pot
Sheet Pan/Cookie Sheet big enough to hold cake pan
Pan Spray

Graham Cracker Crust
12 oz (1.5 cups) graham cracker crumbs
3 oz (1/2 cups) melted butter
6 oz (3/4 cups) sugar
½ tsp Salt
Cheesecake Filling
1 pound (4 cups) cream cheese, room temp
5 oz (10 tbsp) Sugar
3 eggs
12 oz (1.5 cup) sour cream
2 oz (6 tbsp) flour
Strawberry Compote
1 pound strawberries
12 oz (1.5 cups) water
2 oz (4 tbsp) sugar
½ oz (2 tsp) cornstarch


Strawberry Cheesecake

Poetry Prowl


Ever wanted to just cut loose and let your inner creativity go wild? Now’s your chance with Art from Ashes, the award-winning nonprofit devoted to youth empowerment through creativity!

We invite you to celebrate National Poetry Month with an online POETRY PROWL, a poetic, photographic version of a stay-at-home-inspired scavenger(ish) hunt.

This event is for anyone and everyone of all ages and as always, young people up to age 24 are invited to participate for FREE! RSVP between now and April 25:

Here’s an overview

• Respond to any or all of our poetry prompts
• Scavenge your world for inspiration, with your phone/camera, paper and pen, your besties, family, or solo
• Share your discoveries on any social media platform and tag us using #artfromashes #poetryprowl
• Win entries for door prizes if you donate, or whenever you tag AfA on social media, or if you complete the list
• Show off your creative genius, win a door prize, meet other participants, listen to youth poets, and salute National Poetry Month’s 25th Anniversary at 3 PM April 25 at our Poetry Prowl Palooza on Zoom! (link will be sent to all who register)

The Prowl and the Party are online events, however prompts encourage discovery at home, and some involve visiting outdoor locations. Youth ages 12 – 24 who RSVP get a “ticket stub” by email to bring to our Wednesday poetry and spoken word workshop to receive a FREE writing kit.

Youth who bring a friend with you to the workshop, and you’ll both get an *extra* gift!

For more information, contact email hidden; JavaScript is required or call Celeste at the office: 303.837.1550

First Friday Youth Poetry Performance

Laura and Daniella First Friday on Instagram

Laura Peña and youth poet Daniella First Friday on Instagram


Join us every First Friday for youth spoken word performances via Instagram @afaphoenix between 6 and 6.30 pm.

Show support for the young people who participate in our Phoenix Rising youth empowerment program. Listen as youth poets ages 12 to 24 tell their stories in metaphor through poems written in only 3 minutes.

Much more than a public performance, youth gather through a Zoom workshop at 5pm for a FREE one-hour Phoenix Rising writing and performance workshop, featuring a local performance poet. All youth are welcome.

Go here for more details or contact Director of Programs email hidden; JavaScript is required for more information.

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