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 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
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.