I have been traveling to San Antonio the last two years partnering with Artpace for their Chalk It Up San Antonio event. (Which is also AWESOME ;-)
My goal when I am in residency in a new city is to find communities and neighborhoods that don't often get seen or heard from and to give them an opportunity to share their stories. This leads me to group homes, homeless shelters, after-school programs, and elder care facilities.
Once I am in these spaces, I facilitate opportunities for the participants to share their story in seventeen syllables and get other people in their community to write WITH them.
The result of every event is an experience of connection within a community, stranger to stranger, and a set of photos of people's poetry IN the places and WITH the people that inspired those poems.
Funded by San Antonio, TX (October 2014)