Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Neat Opportunities in Southeast Florida

If you're a creative type in the Southeast Florida region, I've come across some neat opportunities that may interest you and lead to some interesting possibilities.

The Hobo Code Poetry and Art Project

Broward County Poet-in-Residence Anastasia Clark creates really intriguing art projects each year.  This year she takes inspiration from railroads and hobos:

"During the late 1800s/ early 1900s, the rails were teeming with hobos and others looking for adventure. As hobos traveled back and forth, the Hobo Code evolved as an informal way for them to communicate with each other. The symbols were usually written in chalk or coal on fences or trees and alerted others to information such as directions, a place to eat, a place to camp, medical help or perhaps a warning that the law was nearby. The symbols were simple and limited, but represent a fascinating part of folklore.

Using the various symbols as a launch pad, the goal of this project is to inspire new poetry and new artwork. Workshops will feature writing tips, background information, visual aids and discussions to encourage a wide variety of poetry inspired by The Hobo Code.

Participants will also be asked to create artistic versions of the various symbols."   The work created becomes part of a traveling art show--cool!  There are two workshops left if you want to participate, on Jan. 26 at the South Regional Library and on Feb. 5 at the Main Library.  Go here for more information.   CSA Program   "Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from nearby farms. With the same buy-local spirit in mind, Community Supported Art is a similar endeavor to support local art and artists, and to help sustain a healthy arts ecology in Miami. Cannonball is currently accepting applications from Miami-based artists who are interested in participating in the 2013 edition."   Applications are due Jan. 23, so there's not much time.  Go here for more details--or simply to be inspired by a cool idea:   "Selected artists each create 50 “shares” for the program. A typical share consists of a work of art/object of artistic production—multiples are encouraged, however creative ideas that translate your practice into this format or connect to themes like sustainability, farm, or food are also welcome. Some examples are: a limited-edition 7” vinyl record; a run of screen-prints; a series of small tea cups; a limited-edition photograph; VIP tickets to an upcoming performance or event; letterpress editions of a poem or short story; or even 50 small original paintings."   I wonder how much a share costs.  Maybe it's time for me to support the arts from a different angle.  Wow, that would make me feel like a real grown up.

Palm Beach Poetry Festival

This year's Festival runs from Jan. 21-26.  This year's poets:  B.H. Fairchild, Terrance Hayes, Jane Hirshfield, Tony Hoagland, Laura Kasischke, Thomas Lux, Tracy K. Smith, Lisa Russ Spaar, along with special guest Billy Collins.

It's probably too late to be a full participant, but there are still plenty of other events.  Most events have a small charge.  I've always found the craft lectures to be well worth the minimal ticket price ($10-$15).  Go here for more details.

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