October 12, 2012
Mural Arts Presents “Peace Is A Haiku Song,” An Interactive Public Art Project Spearheaded By Sonia Sanchez
October is Mural Arts Month, so what better time to put the spotlight on an inspiring new interactive art program to this city — the home of the largest public art program in the United States?
If you follow this link, you can compose your own Haiku — one of those clever little 5,7,5 syllable lines of Japanese poetry, for the Mural Arts Program’s interactive public art project Peace Is A Haiku Song.
Here’s the deal. Legendary peace worker Sonia Sanchez, who believes that the haiku is a therapeutic tool for self expression and reflection, is using her words and her art to enhance Philadelphia’s urban aesthetic and bring communities together through inspirational sentiment.
She is the first official poet laureate of Philadelphia — appointed to the position for her generous contributions to her hometown community of Germantown, the publishing of more than a dozen books, her years of teaching at Temple University and the plethora of creative arts she has gifted to the city.
Peace Is A Haiku Song first began with Sanchez’s instructional discussion at The First Person Arts Festival in November of 2011. One year later, the project includes poetic messages of peace on bus shelters and subway platforms, painted sidewalk messages and a new mural at Broad and Christian Streets by Parris Stancell and Josh Sarantitis.
You can check out two events that will be taking place in the coming weeks in honor of this new project, one that attempts to put Philadelphia’s efforts at peace through art on the national radar.
On Wednesday, October 17, Ms. Sanchez will speak along with Philadelphia-based poets, musicians and art students and facilitate poetry readings and songs as a part of the “City Hall Presents” live arts and culture presentation.
Then, on Sunday, October 21, visitors can make their own paper cranes (symbols of peace) and enjoy live entertainment while they create and submit haikus via the iPads they will have at the future site of the Sonia Sanchez mural in South Philly.
Peace Is A Haiku Song
When: October 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m., October 21, 3 p.m.
Where: City Hall on October 17; 1425 Christian Street on October 21
More info: www.muralarts.org