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Department for Culture & Creative Development Unveils “Love Poems to San Antonio” Exhibition
SAN ANTONIO (February 3, 2016)
– The season of love has arrived and the City of San Antonio Department for Culture & Creative Development is paying homage this month to our great city with the exhibition, “Love Poems to San Antonio,” a visual and poetic tribute featuring the works of local artists and writers.
“Love Poems to San Antonio” is a signature initiative of San Antonio Poet Laureate, Laurie Ann Guerrero. The project is meant to empower residents to illustrate their love for San Antonio. More than 100 poems were submitted from an array of community members. Twenty poems were selected for inclusion in the exhibition that also features visual works by local artists to transform the written words into this architecturally-integrated, text-based installation.
"Our city is one that continues to build upon the strength of those who came before us. Our loyalties lie with our deepest connections--family, land, community. Those of us born here are proud to be from here; those who are not from here are proud to be here now,” said Guerrero.
“Love Poems to San Antonio” officially opens on Thursday, February 4, 2016 with a reception and reading at Culture Commons, 115 Plaza de Armas, in the Plaza de Armas Building, beginning at 6 p.m. The evening will include a reading of selected poems by Guerrero. The exhibition will remain on display through March 25, 2016.
Later this month, DCCD will host a lunchtime discussion with Rigoberto Luna and Carmen Tafolla about the “Love Poems to San Antonio” project on Friday, February 19 at Culture Commons. Tafolla, the current Texas State Poet Laureate, will share insights into the process of writing love poetry and will read her own love poem to San Antonio. Luna, a local artist, will discuss his inspiration for the graphic design installation of the poems. Lunch will be provided by Café O’liva for a $5 suggested donation.
In 2012, San Antonio became the first major Texas city to recognize and appoint a Poet Laureate. Since then, the Department for Culture & Creative Development continues to develop community-wide events in conjunction with the Poet Laureate including festivals, workshops, readings and educational programming for students.
Guerrero was appointed San Antonio Poet Laureate in 2014. Since her appointment, she has hosted and participated in various poetry events, made a number of appearances across the country to proudly represent the literary arts community of her hometown, worked with students at Say Si! to create short films based on poetry, and launched a local San Antonio poetry archive with Palo Alto College that will be unveiled this spring. Later this year, Guerrero will serve as the Texas State Poet Laureate for 2016, an appointment by the Texas State Legislature.
For more information on this and other San Antonio Poet Laureate programs, visit www.GetCreativeSanAntonio.com.