We love working in Newark and with Newark organizations so much, we couldn't stay away until the next Festival! Luckily, we had the pleasure of teaming up with some wonderful arts organizations in the city - Newark Arts Council, Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center, WBGO and Gallery Aferro. We partnered with these organizations to bring some Dodge Poets into the gallery spaces as a part of Open Doors 2013. Here are some of the poetry and interactive events at Open Doors that we were a part of:
Before I Die…Newark: A Gathering of Voices
October 19, 2013 (Performance) 5 - 7 pm
Come write on the wall October 10 - 19, 2013
Thursdays-Sundays, 12 - 6pm (extended to 10pm on 10/10 & 10/11)
Gallery Aferro | aferro.org
73 Market St.
Newark NJ 07102
Poets: Vincent Toro and Gretna Wilkinson
New Orleans, LA.
This wall needs you.
It needs your hopes, your heart, your playfulness, your voice. Most of all, it needs your willingness to share. For two weeks, this wall will live on Market Street in downtown Newark. Stop by to see how your neighbors finished the phrase, “Before I die…” Take a moment to consider your own goals and dreams for your life, your family, your city, your…fill in the blank. Everyone – from the local shopkeeper, to the college student, to the busy executive– is welcome to visit the wall: to read, write and feel the wonder of our hearts’ capacity to dream.
Two weeks of comments will be distilled into a live reading, featuring citizens of Newark, and poets Vincent Toro and Gretna Wilkinson. The poets will also read from their own published work, which addresses issues of social justice, urban life, parenthood and the journey of finding one’s place in the world. This performance will only happen once.
Come write on the wall outside Gallery Aferro on Market Street during Open Doors, October 10-19th.
And come back for the live reading and performance featuring citizens of Newark and poets Vincent Toro and Gretna Wilkinson on October 19th, 5:00-7:00 at Gallery Aferro.
Before I Die is a global public art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public space. It was originally created by artist Candy Chang on an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans after she lost someone she loved. There are over 300 walls in over 55 countries and 20 languages, around the world. www.beforeidie.cc
Reception: One More Time, Once
October 17, 2013 6 - 8 pm
WBGO Gallery | wbgo.org
54 Park Place
Newark, NJ 07102
Artists: Tony Graves and George Wirt
Poets: Catherine Doty and Khalil Murrell
Tony Graves and George Wirt exhibit large prints and colorful murals of the inaugural 2012 TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival. The exhibit chronicles the historic debut of the annual festival and includes photos of George Benson, The Manhattan Transfer, David Sanborn and many others.
The reception will feature live music performed by the Jazz House Kids Small Ensemble and poetry by Catherine Doty and Khalil Murrell from the Geraldine R Dodge Poetry Program. Light refreshments will be served.
6:00 Reception with Music by Jazz House Kids Small Ensemble
6:50 Photographer Comments, Poets Reading
7:30 Reception with Music
The Practice: Opening Reception, Artist Talk & Poetry Reading
October 12, 2013 6 - 9 pm
Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center | sumei.org
85 Hamilton Street
Newark, NJ 07105
Artist: Bob Ross
Poet: James Richardson
Bob Ross, Alicia's Legs
View the works of the successful and multitalented Bob Ross, an artist whose commitment to the human body as an “especially resonant subject, uncompromisingly beautiful in all its permutations….” His work provides further proof that drawing as a practice is not an extinct art, and drawing the human figure is the stable of visual seeing and rendering in art.
Following Bob Ross’ artist talk, and continuing in the theme of “The Practice”, the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program presents “Poetry as practice—the art of sustaining a life in poetry,” a reading by poet James Richardson. James Richardson was awarded the 2011 Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets and Writers, which recognizes the lifetime achievement of a poet who deserves wider recognition. His most recent books are By the Numbers: Poems and Aphorisms, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, Interglacial: New and Selected Poems and Aphorisms, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Vectors: Aphorisms and Ten-Second Essays. His work has been widely published in journals and anthologies. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Princeton University.
6:30 Artist talk and conversation
8:00 James Richardson reading