Poetry on the Streets
Poetry on the Streets (POTS) is an interactive poetry writing exhibit designed to engage pedestrians created by Melanie Pappadis Faranello in 2017 in Hartford, CT. After initially piloting POTS for Greater Hartford Arts Council's 'Art on the Streets' festival in summer 2017, the public response and engagement inspired Poetry on the Streets to launch into its own program and has since continued to grow, receiving nationwide support and recognition.
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 urban locations including bus stops, pedestrian areas, public parks, and street corners, Melanie engages passersby to stop and write an original poem based on the word they pick, type it up and paint it. The mental and emotional benefits people express from creative expression and unexpected connection continue to inspire POTS to keep going.
Hundreds of poems later, Poetry on the Streets is humbled and honored to share these human expressions which highlight our connectedness and commonalities.
MISSION: Poetry on the Streets' (POTS) mission is to highlight the human experience we share by engaging people from all walks of life, backgrounds, ages, abilities, classes, races, ethnicities, in creative expression, and through our diversity witness our commonality.
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