Poetry on the Streets
Everyone is a poet. Everyone's voice matters. Everyone has a poem in them.
MISSION: Poetry on the Streets' (POTS) mission is to engage communities in creative expression, and by sharing these voices of people from many different walks of life, promote tolerance, highlight our connectedness, and through our diversity witness our commonality.
Poetry on the Streets consists of a vintage blue Smith-Corona typewriter, water color paints, and a jar full of different words called "the jar of emotions." Set-up in various locations including bus stops, pedestrian areas, public parks, and street corners, Melanie engages passersby to stop and write a spontaneous poem based on the word they pick, then type it up and paint it.
Hundreds of poems later, Poetry on the Streets is humbled and honored to share these poetic expressions of human emotions and experiences.
How did POTS begin? After Melanie initially piloted a version of Poetry on the Streets for the Greater Hartford Arts Council's, “Art on the Streets” festival in summer 2017, the public response and engagement was so positive that it inspired her to keep going. Poetry on the Streets has since continued to grow over the past couple of years and has received support and recognition.
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