Poetry on the Streets, LLC
Everyone has a poem inside. Everyone has a story.
Poetry on the Streets' (POTS) is a public art project designed to engage communities in creative self-expression, connect people through the poetry of everyday life, and share the words of people from different walks of life to promote compassion and greater understanding of one another.
POTS initially set up in public spaces such as bus stops, street corners, parks, engaging passersby to write spontaneous poetry based on a human emotion word, and it has continued to evolve through community engagement and collaborations, providing spaces for self-expression and connections and bringing people's words into public spaces.
Poetry on the Streets has received recognition from National Arts Strategies as being chosen for their Creative Community Fellows program, and The Pollination Project, who supports global leaders in support of social change, and appeared on NPR, as well as in other publications.
About Melanie Faranello
POTS Recent Projects
The Poetry Bus A CT Transit public bus wrapped in kids poetry. Connecting poetry + transit and empowering young writers, Spring 2021; Public Murals incorporating MLK's Principles of Nonviolence and youth poetry; Empty Storefront Exhibit: Revitalizing empty storefront space "Poetry on the Streets Hartford Speaks" exhibit showcases peoples poems and photographs, Fall 2021 Gallery Show Over one hundred poems alongside the people's photographs 2020. ; Essential Voices from the PandemicEssential Voices from the Pandemic Providing a platform for expression in response to COVID-19. Work from this initiative also was displayed at Work_Space Gallery Show "Perspectives from a Pandemic"; Many more Community Workshops and Engagement;
CREATIVE WRITING FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS
Custom workshops for community including city workers; healthcare; veterans; senior centers; after school programs.
Poetry writing for teens
Poetry and story telling for seniors
WHERE I'M FROM
A storytelling workshop between adult caregivers and their youth.
Narrative-4 Global Story exchange method
CREATIVE WRITING FOR YOUTH
Poetry and story writing for ages 8-12
Guest speaker for university classrooms, schools, etc...to present Poetry on the Streets, a public art project engaging people in storytelling and creative expression.
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