Throughout the country, phone booths have been abandoned by major telephone companies who can no longer afford to maintain them. Typically the phone is ripped out of the booth, leaving the abandoned structure for local residents to either demolish or transform. We have adopted a defunct phone booth located on the Forest Street side of the Downtown Bellingham Community Co-op as a potential site for renewed communication in the present day.
Right now, the booth is being used for an informal conversation of sorts using graffiti and stickers; we envision to expand upon this by transforming it into a site for a curated exchange of poetic language. As community members browse the nearby reader board for community information, they can also peruse the poem booth for a little brightness, beauty, and inspiration.
Our simple goal: To create something that enhances and promotes community.
Risks and challenges
Our main challenge is going to be figuring out how to clean up the Poem Booth...removing stickers, debris, and re-painting. We also need to install weatherproof hardware to protect the poem. We will need to monitor the booth to react to any vandalism.
We will have an ongoing challenge choosing poems from a large pool of highly qualified local poets.
Our collective skills ensure that we can meet these challenges. We have 2 poets, one painter on our team. Not to mention bookkeeping skills and a whole lot of passion and creativity!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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