Live in Philly 2016 Poetic Address to the Nation Features Philly’s Talented Artists

What a great time on Saturday (Feb 20th)! Re-inventing the Pledge of Allegiance and creating a collective found word poem with folks who came out to the Painted Bride Art Center for the 2016 Poetic Address to the Nation

Congratulations to all of the talented artists who contributed and performed, including ArtWell teaching artists Yolanda Wisher – who now holds the title of City of Philadelphia Poet Laureate – and Julian David Randall, all those who’s POWERFUL‬ stories were told, and the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. Both Yolanda Wisher and ArtWell Program Director Julia Terry are Cultural Agents of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture.

View photos from Saturday and the original Pledge below. And don’t forget to follow and contribute news and notes on the 2016 Poetic Address on social media with #‎PoeticAddress16 ‬‪#Philly (#‎ArtWellPhilly)‬ 

Did you miss the Live in Philly 2016 Poetic Address to the Nation led by new Philly Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher? Watch it here:

Enjoy a few photos from ArtWell Program Director Julia Terry:

I Pledge Allegiance is a collective creation from a city-wide “Imagining” at the 2015 ArtWell Festival on May 31st hosted with the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture and other community partners.

I pledge allegiance

to one planet in the cosmos

to all beings in the universe

to the people of the people of this beautiful melting pot of colors

to my sisters and my brothers

to myself and others

to love

to the freedom to be me

to the belief that everyone can succeed

to the earth,

to the sky, and the seas

to show the world the things we can achieve

to accepting differences, courage, equality

to families growing with joy and support

to open minds and open hearts

And to



to the unyielding pursuit of peace

to the freedom of others who are different from me

to going for broke

to everlasting hope

to the children, our seeds of the future

With all the love & empathy I can conjure in my heart.