COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Greater Columbus Arts Council’s (GCAC) Art in the House program, in partnership with the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), presents Poetry in Motion, March 1-27 at the CML Main branch downtown. There will be an opening reception on Monday, March 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in CML Carnegie Gallery on the second floor.
Using poems from the Poetry Society of America’s Poetry in Motion project as inspiration and the guiding theme of Power of One and civil rights, youth ages 5 – 21 created artwork at GCAC’s out-of-school-time Art in the House program and the partner programTRANSIT ARTS. The exhibition was inspired by a partnership between GCAC, the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) and the Poetry Society of America’s Poetry in Motion project, which has been successfully implemented in several other cities.
Reproductions of several of the creations, paired with the poems that inspired them, will be installed on 300 COTA buses starting in March. The COTA buses will also feature several reproductions of work created by young people in the TRANSIT ARTS program.
Poems that are included in this year’s Poetry in Motion exhibition are Rosa by Rita Dove, Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar, For Friendship by Robert Creeley, Luck by Langston Hughes, The Hands by Linda Hogan, To You by Walt Whitman, Choose by Carl Sandburg, Whose Side Are You On?, Let There be New Flowering by Lucille Clifton, and Gift by Czeslaw Milosz.
Art in the House and TRANSIT ARTS represent a comprehensive network of free, educational arts-based opportunities for youth ages 5-21, and their families, during out-of-school-time hours. The Art in the House and partnering TRANSIT ARTS programs conduct active programming for underserved youth in the city’s most challenging neighborhoods year round through partnerships with the Columbus Federation of Settlements(seven settlement houses) and several other community organizations.
About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. Thanks to the City of Columbus, Franklin County, the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts for their ongoing support.
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