OPEN STORIES: POETRY, MURALS AND MONUMENTS AIMS TO CREATE NEW DIALOGUE WITH PUBLIC SPACES
Outdoor Exhibition Highlights Murals and Poetry from DC Artists and Poets
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.
Contact: Janna Tanner, Librarian | [email protected] | 202.727.0970 | Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library
Regie Cabico is a spoken word pioneer having won The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam and later taking top prizes in three National Poetry Slams. Television credits include two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, NPR’s Snap Judgement and MTV’s Free Your Mind. His work appears in over 30 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution and The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. Mr. Cabico received the 2006 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers for his work teaching at-risk youth at Bellevue Hospital. As a theater artist he received three New York Innovative Theater Award Nominations for his work in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind with a win for Best Performance Art Production. The Kenyon Review recently named Regie Cabico the “Lady Gaga of Poetry” and he has been listed in BUST magazine’s 100 Men We Love. He has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg and through Howard Zinn’s Portraits Project at NYU, has performed with Stanley Tucci, Jesse Eisenberg and Lupe Fiasco.
Rebecca Dupas, a Louisiana native, is an educator, photographer, PhD student, and award-winning poet whose writing, performance, and contribution to the poetry community has been recognized in Philadelphia, Baltimore and beyond. Rebecca is the founder and creative director of A DOSE OF DUPAS, an event-based poetry company that houses several live art events to include open and closed-mic series, a writer’s circle, both online and live writing workshops as well as national artist development events. In addition to performance, production and commissioned composition, Rebecca has published four CDs and a book of original works entitled “The Exchange”. Rebecca has appeared on Centric, Fox 5, and OneMicTV.com. A recent tour included appearances on C- Span and PBS News and in The Washington Post alongside President Clinton.
2015 marked Joseph LMS Green’s fifth return to the national team competition, this time as a representative of the DC Poetry Slam Team. He represented the Oneonta slam team in 2005 and 2006 as their Grand Slam Champion, Slam Richmond in 2009, and DC’s Beltway Poetry Slam team in 2011. He also represented DC in 2011 at the Individual Poetry Slam, ranking 16th in the world. As a solo artist, Joseph has performed, hosted, and featured at venues and schools throughout the United States, including the White House and Kennedy Center. He has over ten years experience as a professional spoken word artist and writer. As an actor, Joseph toured for two and a half years at more than 200 high schools and professional theaters, educating children and families with Theatre IV, the country’s largest in-school touring company. In 2007, his one-man show, “She Is,” was commissioned by the Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts at the Wilbur Mansion in Oneonta, N.Y.
Jennifer Rae was born in Brooklyn, New York but has lived in the DMV for the past seven years. Her passion for words started as young as she can remember with her natural love for storytelling, lyrics, and poetry. A speech-language pathologist and neuropsychology scholar by day, Jennifer enjoys performing for various organizations and outreach programs as well as the occasional open mic night. Her inspiration stems from her father, also a poet, and everyday life. Currently, she is in the process of writing a poetry chapbook entitled, “The Autopoetical Poetry of Me.”