HOPE IN HARD TIMES: POETRY READINGLocal Poets Respond to Adversity
A poetry + history event where six local poets read work in response to the Great Depression exhibit at the downtown History Museum.
This Sunday, April 29, 2:00 pm
Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
$6 for exhibit, reading, museum talk
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The WSHM exhibit bears witness to how residents of the Northwest overcame the worst economic crisis in our history. Survival and celebration go hand in hand--even in the darkest time, people wrote poems. We see this in the Bible, in Holocaust art, in the poems of Prague Spring and in poets under house arrest in China today. Art lifts spirits. And the South Sound could use a creative boost.
Diverse voices, distinct styles: poets reading work include Tammy Robacker, 2011-2013 Tacoma Poet Laureate Josie Emmons Turner, Hans Ostrom, Allen Braden, Elijah Muied and Maria Chong Gudaitis. Like the exhibit, the reading will touch on hard times and resourcefulness—distress and courage—to show how artistic voices help make sense of adversity.
Timeline for the event: join us at 2 p.m. for a curator's exhibition talk, open walks through the exhibition and a break with refreshments. The poetry reading begins at 3 p.m. in the WSHM Auditorium.
All proceeds go to the Washington State History Museum, a non-profit organization located at 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402; 253.272.3500.
A book table and signing will be available after the event. Guests are also invited to join poets at a post-event open house from 4 - 6 p.m. at Anthem Coffee and Tea (next door to the Museum).
SPECIAL NOTES ON THE POSTER
Created by local designer and writer Maria Gudaitis, the poster uses a graphic re-purposed from Harry Herzog’s WPA poster, “Forging Ahead.” The blacksmith at his anvil is an image that resonates with poetry. In both crafts, artisans shape raw materials by using tools and incremental steps of refinement.
Herzog’s poster was meant to encourage Americans during dark economic times—to boost spirits and urge on productivity. By recycling Herzog’s public domain image (available at the National Archive website), the poetry reading poster embodies frugality. The Hope For Hard Times exhibit also features many artifacts that were refashioned from older objects or created with materials on hand.
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WASHINGTON STATE HISTORY MUSEUM
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA, 98402
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art, history, poetry, Tacoma