“Open Stories: Poetry, Murals, and Monuments is a living exhibition where participants will experience Shaw’s vibrancy and culture”

shaw library
1630 7th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Open Stories: Poetry, Murals, and Monuments
Saturday, June 18, 2016, 1:30 p.m.

Open Stories: Poetry, Murals, and Monuments is a living exhibition where participants will experience Shaw’s vibrancy and culture through its murals, monuments and the spoken word of D.C. area poets Rebecca Dupas, Regie Cabico, Joseph LMS Green, and Jennifer Rae.

This participatory walking tour will take place on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will begin at the Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library (1630 7th Street NW) at 1:30 p.m. and continue through locations such as the D.C. Alley Museum, Carter G. Woodson Memorial Park, Capital Pool Checkers Club and Ellington Plaza. There will be a break halfway through the tour where refreshments will be served. RSVP to attend the walking tour on Eventbrite.

Participants and poets will be encouraged to take photographs that will be part of an exhibition at the Shaw Library, debuting in July. This project was inspired by Brooklyn’s Elastic City project, which puts together participatory walks heightening awareness, exploring senses and making new group rituals in dialogue with public space, providing an opportunity to participate in a narrative series of poetic moments. The opening reception for the stationary exhibit will take place Tuesday, July 6, 2016 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Through poetry, photography, and book arts, Open Stories seeks to create and share the diverse stories of our D.C. neighborhoods. Open Stories will provide opportunities for people in the community to make connections through art. This exhibition series is a partnership between DC Public Library and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Curatorial Practice Program.”