Rain Poetry

It’s raining poetry in Pennsylvania!

PA Humanities is engaging children from across Pennsylvania in a hands-on community poetry activity facilitated by local poets and teaching artists. This innovative project started in Philadelphia in 2023, when we engaged elementary school students from five neighborhoods to learn about haiku then write their very own poems. Selected haiku were installed on the ground in public spaces, including neighborhood parks and libraries, with a special rain-activated solution that allows the poetry to appear like magic just by adding some water!

The beauty of Rain Poetry is that it not only gives young people the opportunity to explore their voices and express themselves through poetry, but also transforms everyday spaces into opportunities to engage with the humanities and foster learning and conversation. Each installation gets its very own community reveal celebration, inviting families, friends and neighbors to connect and celebrate the work of young people.

We’re now bringing Rain Poetry to Pittsburgh, Johnstown and beyond!

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PA Humanities engaged 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 were installed in public spaces by Tiny WPA with a special rain-activated solution. They are inspired by the theme, “What helps you keep growing?” The initiative included local community events and a citywide celebration at the Free Library of Philadelphia.


Our next installations will happen in Pittsburgh this spring! We’re partnering with Assemble (Garfield), YouthPlaces Northview Heights and YMCA Lighthouse Project (Homewood/Brushton), three dynamic afterschool programs that serve a wide variety of youth. Our teaching artist will be working with students ranging from elementary school to high school, writing on themes that matter most to the youth and their communities.


The Rain Poetry project moves to Johnstown, where workshops will take place both in select schools in and around the area as well as at the Cambria County Public Library. Selected poems will be installed at Bottleworks. Check back for more details!

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The Rain Poetry project is made possible with the generous support of funders and individual donors in cities across Pennsylvania.