The Beyond Literacy Pop-Up (B Lit Pop-Up) is the first of its kind. The pop-up book cart is a wooden library on wheels. It brings literacy to children and parents where they are, by sharing the art of language through history, culture, stories and books. The book cart features painted shelves (the artwork of 13-year- old local artist Valentina Elao Gonalez), inspirational quotes and publications by local writers, as well as a tablet for kids to read e-books. The first unveiling of the pop-up took place at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, the central hub of Haitian art, history, and culture in Miami. The mission of the pop-up is to raise awareness of multicultural authors, artists, innovators and entrepreneurs in South Florida. Our goal is to work close with literacy organizations and Miami Dade Public Library System to get kids and parents access to resources to help them become amazing citizens in our community and all over the world. This year we would like to place more murals and book booths in communities using the art of words. We plan to continue the tour with pop-ups at libraries, parks, colleges and other public spaces, and we hope to partner with larger organizations to expand the initiative.
Funded by Miami, FL (April 2018)