Posted 14 days ago ago by Javier Flores (Arts)
Javier Flores, Department of Arts & Culture
City Hosts Call for Educators to Participate in Poetry Exchange Project Celebrating San Antonio’s 300th Anniversary
Free Workshop for Educators to be held June 13
SAN ANTONIO (May 9, 2017) – “What have we lost?” and “What have we found?” are two of the many questions San Antonio Poet Laureate, Jenny Browne, hopes local students will find answers to through Browne’s “St. Anthony’s Lost & Found: A Poetry Exchange,” a multi-faceted project in commemoration of San Antonio’s 300th anniversary. The City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture is hosting a call for educators to learn about the poetry exchange and how to incorporate the curriculum in their classrooms.
The goal of “St. Anthony’s Lost & Found” is to engage San Antonio students in celebrating the city’s tricentennial through a study of poetry and how it can communicate a personal, social and historical connection to the land, people and cultures that make up San Antonio’s modern-day landscape. The project is grounded in the history of San Antonio, focusing on the city’s namesake, St. Anthony de Padua, and encourages cultural exchange, community building, and self-expression.
"For me, good poems begin with questions: What have you lost? What have you found? Where are we going? Where have we been?" Browne said. “The historic, geographic and emotional significance of San Antonio being named for the patron saint of lost things felt like a great way to bridge the past with the present, the personal with the political, and the oft-rarified art form of poetry with the everyday."
A free public workshop for educators will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Central Library, 600 Soledad St. The workshop is limited to the first 100 applicants. Applications are available at www.getcreativesanantonio.com and are due Thursday, June 1, 2017. During the workshop, Browne will present participating educators with a custom toolkit of poetic prompts, materials, and resources to be used in the classroom. As a lasting resource, the Department of Arts & Culture will keep these materials available online for future use.
“St. Anthony Lost & Found: A Poetry Exchange” will culminate with a multi-sensory exhibit in 2018 featuring community poems and artworks that pay tribute to the known and lost history of San Antonio.
In 2012, San Antonio became the first major city in Texas to appointment a poet laureate. Since then, the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture has supported innovative programs and public events in San Antonio, and in conjunction with the city’s poet laureate. In her role as San Antonio Poet Laureate, Browne promotes poetry by participating in public events and programming throughout her two-year term, which ends in 2018. Through these community events, this critically-acclaimed poet strives to share her passion for poetry with her fellow San Antonians.
More information about the St. Anthony’s Lost & Found Poetry Exchange and the San Antonio Poet Laureate Program is available at www.getcreativesanantonio.com.