Marquee Poetry is an exhibit of short poems that I curated in celebration of National Poetry Month this past April. Using several marquees, sandwich boards, TV monitors, gallery windows and counter tops all over Berks and Lancaster Counties in Pennsylvania, my goal was to bring verse into public spaces and into people's every day lives. The project featured the creative work of poets of all ages, local and nationally known, from elementary school age children to adults. So anytime you'd stroll by or drive down one of these locations you would be treated to a poem. There is not one theme to the poems but rather a theme to the project at large of adding poetry into our daily lives. I am grateful to the venues that graciously granted us permission to use their spaces, from libraries to schools to eateries and beyond, and to all of the talented poets. I believe this is the type of experience that shapes and enhances people's lives. Placing the poems in marquees is a way of putting little poetic vignettes into our worlds. It is also creating a type of mentorship between the professional poets and the student poets who are included.
Marquee Poetry Take Two is an initiativeto grow the original pilot project.Now is the time to refine and further develop Marquee Poetry. This is different than my first campaign because I have now found the film-maker to document the Marquee Poetry film which is so exciting since a local movie theatre has offered to screen it! I have also scaled back my vision to take one step at a time. My long view for this is still in place, but for this campaign I am simply trying to raise the funds to bring Marquee Poetry to one more location. Though several cities have shown interest, I am going to start with Minneapolis, MN. I have some lovely friends there who are making the connections needed, I just need to do the leg work to manage the project. The funds will be used for outreach, web development and marketing.
Risks and challenges
I see no risks in this project. When I did the first round of Marquee Poetry, every single person and place I contacted to be part of it jumped at the opportunity.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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