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Art and Poetry
Wed 17 Mar 2010
The Wick Poetry Center, Kent State University Art Galleries, and Soldier's Heart are pleased to announce a unique collaborative project that you can participate in.

For the last decade, the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam has collected artwork on the theme of peace and war made by Vietnamese children. From this collection, they have selected about sixty images to showcase-for the first time-in galleries across the United States (and possibly beyond). Alongside the paintings and drawings, they are also planning to exhibit original poems written by American students, veterans, and professional poets.
NAWEâ??is keen to promote this project in the UK and is therefore acting as a partner/sponsor, with a view to encouraging UKâ??writers to contribute, and UK venues to stage the work in due course. NAWE members are invited to respond to these provocative images of peace and war, and to use them too as a resource for their workshops. The drawings and paintings can be viewed at <>.

You may submit as many poems as you'd like in response. E-mail your completed poem(s) with a short biographical note to the Wick Program and Outreach Coordinator, Nicole Robinson, including in your submission the title and number of the work to which you are responding. (This information is available in the textbox found below each image.) The deadline for poetry submissions is May 1, 2010.

The project might also fit with your work in schools or with students. Over the next several months, Wick Poetry Center will be posting writing prompts, lesson plans, and ekphrastic poetry units to their website. Should you create any of your own teaching materials in support of the Vietnamese Children's Art Exhibit, they would like to include them in their online catalogue for curriculum planning, making them available to educators all around the world. Curriculum planning ideas, which will be collected until the end of the semester, may be emailed to the Wick Communications and Education Specialist, Melissa Barrett.

Feel free to forward this call along to fellow poets and/or gallery curators, the latter of which might be interested in housing the exhibit next year. David Hassler, Director of the Wick Poetry Center, is most appreciative of support for this unique and timely project, which will showcase the visions of Vietnamese children and the power of poetry to promote peace and reconciliation worldwide.

Featured image: 'Together Protect Peace' by Ta Thank Khue (age 15)

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