As the Museum’s spring exhibitions are exploring the intersection of art and #activism, we see that artists have long addressed social and political issues in their work, knowing that art has the power to effect change.
In honor of National Poetry Month and to coincide with the annual Poem in Your Pocket Day, tomorrow (4/24), we will put the spotlight on poets, celebrating the power of poetry to inspire love, provoke passion, and create change. On this day, across the country, people will select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others. We encourage you to come to the Museum, bring your favorite poem with you, or choose a poem from our Pop-up Poetry Library in the Pavilion where we’ll have books of poetry, paper, and pencils on hand to lend you inspiration.
We’ll also have “Poem in Your Pocket” buttons, so when you see someone else wearing one, you can exchange your poems with each other. You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem. Sharing a poem with someone is a bold act. Reading poetry out loud can be a form of activism. So, what poem will you carry in your pocket?
Posted by Elisabeth Callihan