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A public art project displaying poems on marquees.
A public art project displaying poems on marquees.
25 backers pledged $858 to help bring this project to life.

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by Bill Berkson
by Bill Berkson
by Jacob Krumholz
by Jacob Krumholz
by Rebecca Reppert
by Rebecca Reppert

 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. 

by 4th grade student
by 4th grade student
by Alicia Vogl Saenz
by Alicia Vogl Saenz
by Asha Bankes
by Asha Bankes
by Heather Thomas
by Heather Thomas
by Ruth Stone
by Ruth Stone

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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.

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    Marquee Poetry Button

    a button to wear on your lapel that says Marquee Poetry

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    Marquee Poetry Sticker Packet

    a packet of stickers that say Marquee Poetry to decorate your skateboard

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    Marquee Poetry Tote Bag

    cotton canvas tote bag that says Marquee Poetry to take to take to the library, beach or bodega

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    Poetry Chapbook by Beth Krumholz

    autographed chapbook, Lie Back, of my verse, published in 2017

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    DIY found poetry kit

    kit includes everything you need to make your own found poetry in collage format with beautiful art supplies in a cigar box

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    you will get you name in lights/credits on the Marquee Poetry documentary film that is being made

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    come to beautiful Americana in Berks County, PA where I will show you the sites and treat you to one meal and one night in an airbnb

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