Community members who created public installations featuring their art and poetry will be featured at numerous locations on Aquidneck Island as part of the city-wide “Poetry of the Wild” exhibition that will officially launch on May 6. This unique presentation of “poetry boxes” that serve as a catalyst for exploring our towns and cities will run throughout the summer.
Ana Flores, ecological artist, sculptor and founder of Poetry of the Wild, says the project connects people to the landscape by combining poetry, visual art and the natural world. It is supported by Salve Regina University with help from additional community partners.
Salve Regina students welcomed their local youth partners from FabNewport to campus during the last week of April to help install exhibits on windows at McKillop Library as part of the POW exhibition. The FabLab kids produced vinyl cut-outs of poetry and a large bear that were stuck to the windows, and they made wooden boxes to host poetry journals. A dozen freshmen students in Jen McClanaghan’s introduction to creative writing class at Salve wrote poems to place into the boxes and after the installations were complete, they went to each location to read their poems aloud.
These and other installations are ongoing in preparation for the exhibition’s May 6 city-wide opening, during which members of the public are invited to join with contributing artists and writers on a tour of each installation.