PA Humanities is engaging children from five Philadelphia neighborhoods in a hands-on community poetry activity facilitated by local poets and Youth Poets Laureate. Haiku created by students grades 1-5 are being installed in public spaces by Tiny WPA with a special rain-activated solution. They are inspired by the theme, “What helps you keep growing?”
All it takes is a splash of water for the poems to sprout up all around as if by magic.
Rain Poetry transforms everyday spaces into opportunities to engage with the humanities — and fosters learning, conversation, and community stewardship along the way.
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Under the guidance of past and present Philadelphia Youth Poets Laureate and other poets-in-residence, workshops were held in schools and afterschool programs in high need neighborhoods. The workshops teach children that the humanities are an exciting means of imaginative self-expression that builds meaningful relationships and can make change in their neighborhoods. They also got to flex their social emotional learning skills as they collaborated with mentors and community members.
During National Poetry Month in April 2023, Tiny WPA will install 8-10 of the poems in each of the five neighborhoods. The water-sensitive haiku will be repeatedly activated over the next two months anytime it rains. A reveal party and community celebration is scheduled to take place in each neighborhood, and will feature poetry performances, music, and interactive poetry/art making.
JOIN US TO CELEBRATE THE RAIN-ACTIVATED POETRY INSTALLATION AND WRITE YOUR OWN HAIKU!
FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY SAMUEL POWEL ELEMENTARY STUDENTS, PHILADELPHIA POETS LAUREATE, MUSIC, AND INTERACTIVE POETRY STATIONS.