Art in Common Places presents two free programs to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 27 and 28

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Art in Common Places presents two free programs to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 27 and 28

SARASOTA, FL Art in Common Places is pleased to present two programs to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day, April 27 to April 28, as well as National Poetry Month. The April 27 program, noon at Selby Public Library, features poets Melanie Lavender and Don McLagan and artist Ann Burroughs. The April 28 program, 6 p.m. on Zoom, features poet Danny Shot and artist Mara Torres Gonzlez. Both programs include poetry readings and discussions about their collaborative works with Art in Common Places. Registration for these free events is required at scgovlibrary.librarymarket.com keyword search art in common places. For more information, visit ArtinCommonPlaces.com.

The mission of Art in Common Places is to put art in the form of broadsides that combine images and words in public places for people to enjoy in their daily lives. For each broadside, an artist is matched with a poet, and they spend six weeks collaborating on a piece based on a theme they choose together.

On April 27 from noon to 1 p.m. at Selby Public Library, 1331 1st Street, in Sarasota, poet Melanie Lavender and artist Ann Burroughs will discuss their collaborative work on Survival. The women bonded over their common experience of motherhood to create a broadside for Art in Common Places that includes Lavenders poem, To My Son, and Burroughs artwork titled A Womans Heart. Lavender will read her poem, and together they will discuss their collaborative process. Poet and entrepreneur Don McLagan, who is in the process of being matched with an artist for a future broadside, will read and discuss one of his poems.

The April 28 Zoom event, from 6 to 7 p.m., features poet Danny Shot and artist Mara Torres Gonzlez, collaborators on the Jump! broadside for Art in Common Places. Sarasota artist Gonzalez, a Puerto Rican transplant due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017, and Hoboken, New Jersey poet Shot, a first generation American and child of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, chose resilience as the theme for their project. They will present a reading of Shots poem and share how their conversations led to the creation of Jump!

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