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Art in the Barn: Romare Bearden’s “The Block”

Art in the Barn: Storytime and hands-on art project for Pre-schoolers  is a new drop-in workshop for preschoolers at Walt Whitman Birthplace. Taught by Lena Massari Sawyer, former Museum Educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Come and join us every week awe read various stories including the award-winning Caldecott books.  Learn about artists of the past and create your own artwork.

February 17, 2024
Come and explore Romare Bearden’s groundbreaking collage celebrating African American Urban life in “The Block”
A multimedia art project will follow and Barney Saltzberg fun book “Beautiful OOPS” will be enjoyed.

Members: $13  Non Members: $15
(Per workshop, tickets can be purchased at the door)

See Winter Calendar below.

Picture Books are a crucial tool for developing a child’s literacy and language skills in their early years.  They help build self-confidence as the child learns to read through visual thinking. The children will read a book, then tell their own story through collage and other multimedia materials. They will look at the different elements of art such as changing perspective, scale, as well as multiple points of view through drawing and using collage materials. In addition, each child will be given a small plastic magnifying glass to explore a tinker box filled with objects from nature such as seashells, rocks, etc.

Lena Massari Sawyer has been an educator for over 25 years. She taught Art History and Studio Art to children for over two decades at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  While at the Met, she specialized in early childhood education, creating and teaching numerous art history and children’s literature classes.   Lena has been a long-time resident of Long Island. She teaches art history, painting and other multimedia classes both at the Birthplace at the Little Studio in Northport Village.  Lena holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and performed her graduate studies in Museum Education at New York University.

 


 

Art in the Barn Winter Calendar

February 3rdBlack History Month
A look at Royal Art of Benin from Metropolitan Museum of Art, with a reading of the 2011 Caldecott winner: “Dave the Potter Artist, Poet, Slave” by Laban C. Hill and Bryan Collier.  Project: drawing and clay.

February 10th –  Celebrate the Chinese New Year with Us!
Learn about Chinese scroll painting, paint will calligraphy brushes and read about your own personal Chinese zodiac in “The Legend of the Chinese Dragon” by M. Sellier, C. Louis, W. Fei.

February 17th –  Come and explore Romare Bearden’s groundbreaking collage celebrating African American Urban life in “The Block”
A multimedia art project will follow and Barney Saltzberg fun book “Beautiful OOPS” will be enjoyed.

February 24th – Travel with us to Africa and learn about African Masks!
Class will end with the book “Me… Jane” by Patrick McDonnell about Jane Goodall, the English Anthropologist and “Can you Spot the Leopard” by C Stelzig.  Bring your favorite stuff animal to class!

March 2nd – Women’s History Month
Learn how to paint large flowers like Georgia O’ Keefe did.   “My Name is Georgia: A Portrait” by Jeanette Winter will be read.

March 9th – Explore the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama
We will be painting and reading “From Here to Infinity” by S. Suzuki and E. Weinstein.

March 16th – Come celebrate the color GREEN with us for Saint Patrick’s Day!
We will be reading the book “Green” by Laura V. Seeger and exploring Henri Rousseau’s very green Jungle paintings.  A magical surprise will follow.

March 23rd – Experience the world of Alma Thomas Paintings
Shapes, color and movement in art will be discussed.  “I Spy Shapes” in Art by Lucy Micklethwait will be explored.

March 30th – No class

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2024
Start Time: 11:00 am EST
Members: $13  Non Members: $15

Love’s Multitudes: A Celebration of Poetic Voices

Join us to celebrate Valentine’s Day and a multitude of Love poems on Sunday, February 11, 2024, 2:00 – 3:30PM

This event will be streaming on our YouTube Channel at @WaltWhitmanBirthplace! (Visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9DgJ6frgKbvBhToZsBn64A)

We invite the community to submit a favorite published love poem (your own or by a favorite poet) which celebrates love in any dimension – for each other or for all that you love. Your poem may be one of twenty chosen by WWBA for you to read aloud at our curated Valentine’s Day celebration. Submit poems by February 7, 2024 via email to: director@waltwhitman.org

Participants are invited to bring and display their poem on our Valentine Poetry Board which will be exhibited for the month of February.

For an abundance of love, participants may continue sharing poetry after the event.

Refreshments will be served!
This is a free event.

Donations are welcome at waltwhitman.org/donate

Date: Sunday, February 11, 2024
Start Time: 2:00 pm EST

POETS BUILDING BRIDGES Series 3, February 10, 2024 – Trailer Park Quarterly, Erie Pa, South Cumbria UK

George Wallace and Walt Whitman Birthplace proudly present season three of POETS BUILDING BRIDGES: A TRIANGULATION PROJECT, inaugurated in March 2022 with the purpose of enhancing dialogue between communities of writers across the US and internationally. Based on a shared small-group experience, these Saturday zoom sessions engage three distinct and well defined communities of poets with each other to share work and foster further interaction. In Season Three, POETS BUILDING BRIDGES will build on that experience, triangulating national and international groups based not only on location but additionally offering key small press publications an opportunity to form a participating group.

THIS IS A ZOOM ONLY EVENT. 

 

Live on zoom. archived on Youtube. For Season 2 visit our YouTube Channel >>

 


Trailer Park Quarterly:  Rebecca Schumejda  |  Jason Baldinger  |  Curtis Hayes  |  Wendy Rainey

Rebecca Schumejda is the author of several full-length collections including Falling Forward (sunnyoutside press), Cadillac Men (NYQ Books), Waiting at the Dead End Diner (Bottom Dog Press) and Our One-Way Street (NYQ Books). Her latest book, Something Like Forgiveness, a single epic poem accompanied by collage art by Hosho McCreesh, is out from Stubborn Mule Press.  She received her MA in Poetics from San Francisco State University and her BA from SUNY New Paltz.


Jason Baldinger is a poet and photographer from Pittsburgh, PA. He’s penned fifteen books of poetry the newest of which include: A History of Backroads Misplaced: Selected Poems 2010-2020 (Kung Fu Treachery), and This Still Life (Kung Fu Treachery) with James Benger. His first book of photography, Lazarus, is forthcoming. His work has appeared across a wide variety of print journals and online. You can hear him read his work on Bandcamp and on lps by The Gotobeds and Theremonster.


Curtis Hayes has worked as a grip, gaffer, and set builder in the film industry.  He’s been a truck driver, a boat rigger, a print journalist and a screenwriter. Along the way, he earned a BA in English from Cal State Long Beach, where he studied poetry and short stories with Gerald Locklin. A non-fiction collaboration with photographer Eric Hameister and designer Dave McClain, resulted in I Am Jesse James, a top-ten New York Times Bestseller for Penguin/Viking Books.


Wendy Rainey is author of Hollywood Church:  Short Stories and Poems and Girl on the Highway.  She is a 2022 recipient of the Annie Menebroker Poetry Award and a runner-up in the 2022 Angela Consolo Mankiewicz Poetry Prize. She studied poetry with Jack Grapes and creative writing with Gerald Locklin.


 

Erie PA:   Chuck Joy  |  Mabel Howard  |  Todd Paropacic 

Chuck Joy‘s parents are from western New York, Chuck grew up in Erie PA, USA. BA, Fordham University (Rose Hill); MD, University of Pittsburgh. Publishing poetry since 1980. Current title: Vinyl (What Why Aesthetics). Also available: Percussive (Turning Point); Said the Growling Dog (Nirala Publications); Theme of Line (Red Giant Books). Magazines: Poets’ Hall the Magazine, poetrybay, Main Street Rag. Host, weekly poetry events: Erie Book Store, Calamari’s Tavern. Poet Laureate, Erie County Pennsylvania, 2018-2021.


Mabeline HowardThe Marketing Artist” is a poet, nonprofit leader, marketing, entrepreneur, and creator of Poetry and Soul Food. An Erie native, she uses her artistic talents to bridge gaps and foster equity. Her Express Yourself Open Mic Tour featured 11 Erie Poets whose work was published in Pratik Magazine. She has shared poetry on many stages, most notably Express Yourself On The Mic with Miss Mabeline and the Poetry X-Change, which she curated and produced.


Todd Paropacic is a poet, lounge singer-songwriter, digital painter, husband, and video game enthusiast from Erie, Pennsylvania. He’s published two collections of poetry and is the voice in a board-and-voice music duo. He works in an art museum and lives with his wife, five cats and two dogs in a house on a hill.


 

South Cumbria UK:  Ann Grant  |  Rowland Crowland  |  Emma Purshouse  |  John Alexander Scott

Ann Grant is a writer with MS based in Cumbria, UK. Her poems have been included in The Poeming Pigeon, This Place I Know by Handstand Press, Survivor UK Zine CSA issue and Ink, Sweat & Tears. She hosts Verbalise spoken word open mics at Brewery Arts.


John Alexander Scott is a Performance Poet, writer, creative writing tutor and environmental activist. He regularly performs, headlines and comperes at open mic nights throughout Cumbria and North Lancashire, UK. In 2017, 2018 and 2021 he performed solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe; 2019 at the Bearded Theory Festival. In April 2020 he released an album of his poems to music by Martin Dewar called “No Other Gods”. Several tracks were played on BBC Radio Cumbria and BBC 6 Music.


Emma Purshouse is a lively and original performance poet and novelist. She was the first Poet Laureate for the City of Wolverhampton, is a slam winner and regularly performs at spoken word venues and literature festivals across the country. Emma has won, been longlisted and shortlisted in many poetry competitions including a 3rd place in the National Poetry Prize.


Rowland Crowland is the King of Goblin Poetry. He is one of the most engaging performance poets performing in venues in the North West of England. In 2017 he published his first collection Beggar’s. He collaborated with Bryan Griffin on a book of poems Word Dancing in 2021. His poems concern nature, spirit, chip shops, factories, witches, the wind, the Buddha and goblins.


 

 

Support Our Literacy Programs >>

POETS BUILDING BRIDGES is produced by Poetrybay Productions for the Walt Whitman Birthplace.

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2024
Start Time: 12:00 pm EST

Art in the Barn: Celebrate Chines New Year with us!

Art in the Barn: Storytime and hands-on art project for Pre-schoolers  is a new drop-in workshop for preschoolers at Walt Whitman Birthplace. Taught by Lena Massari Sawyer, former Museum Educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Come and join us every week awe read various stories including the award-winning Caldecott books.  Learn about artists of the past and create your own artwork.

February 10, 2024
Celebrate Chinese New Year with us!
Learn about Chinese scroll painting, paint will calligraphy brushes and read about your own personal Chinese zodiac in “The Legend of the Chinese Dragon” by M. Sellier, C. Louis, W. Fei.

Members: $13  Non Members: $15
(Per workshop, tickets can be purchased at the door)

See Winter Calendar below.

Picture Books are a crucial tool for developing a child’s literacy and language skills in their early years.  They help build self-confidence as the child learns to read through visual thinking. The children will read a book, then tell their own story through collage and other multimedia materials. They will look at the different elements of art such as changing perspective, scale, as well as multiple points of view through drawing and using collage materials. In addition, each child will be given a small plastic magnifying glass to explore a tinker box filled with objects from nature such as seashells, rocks, etc.

Lena Massari Sawyer has been an educator for over 25 years. She taught Art History and Studio Art to children for over two decades at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  While at the Met, she specialized in early childhood education, creating and teaching numerous art history and children’s literature classes.   Lena has been a long-time resident of Long Island. She teaches art history, painting and other multimedia classes both at the Birthplace at the Little Studio in Northport Village.  Lena holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and performed her graduate studies in Museum Education at New York University.

 


 

Art in the Barn Winter Calendar

February 3rdBlack History Month
A look at Royal Art of Benin from Metropolitan Museum of Art, with a reading of the 2011 Caldecott winner: “Dave the Potter Artist, Poet, Slave” by Laban C. Hill and Bryan Collier.  Project: drawing and clay.

February 10th –  Celebrate the Chinese New Year with Us!
Learn about Chinese scroll painting, paint will calligraphy brushes and read about your own personal Chinese zodiac in “The Legend of the Chinese Dragon” by M. Sellier, C. Louis, W. Fei.

February 17th –  Come and explore Romare Bearden’s groundbreaking collage celebrating African American Urban life in “The Block”
A multimedia art project will follow and Barney Saltzberg fun book “Beautiful OOPS” will be enjoyed.

February 24th – Travel with us to Africa and learn about African Masks!
Class will end with the book “Me… Jane” by Patrick McDonnell about Jane Goodall, the English Anthropologist and “Can you Spot the Leopard” by C Stelzig.  Bring your favorite stuff animal to class!

March 2nd – Women’s History Month
Learn how to paint large flowers like Georgia O’ Keefe did.   “My Name is Georgia: A Portrait” by Jeanette Winter will be read.

March 9th – Explore the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama
We will be painting and reading “From Here to Infinity” by S. Suzuki and E. Weinstein.

March 16th – Come celebrate the color GREEN with us for Saint Patrick’s Day!
We will be reading the book “Green” by Laura V. Seeger and exploring Henri Rousseau’s very green Jungle paintings.  A magical surprise will follow.

March 23rd – Experience the world of Alma Thomas Paintings
Shapes, color and movement in art will be discussed.  “I Spy Shapes” in Art by Lucy Micklethwait will be explored.

March 30th – No class

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2024
Start Time: 11:00 am EST
Members: $13  Non Members: $15

Art in the Barn: Black History Month – “Dave the Potter Artist, Poet, Slave”

Art in the Barn: Storytime and hands-on art project for Pre-schoolers  is a new drop-in workshop for preschoolers at Walt Whitman Birthplace. Taught by Lena Massari Sawyer, former Museum Educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Come and join us every week awe read various stories including the award-winning Caldecott books.  Learn about artists of the past and create your own artwork.

February 3, 2024
Black History Month – A look at Royal Art of Benin from Metropolitan Museum of Art, with a reading of the 2011 Caldecott winner: “Dave the Potter Artist, Poet, Slave” by Laban C. Hill and Bryan Collier.  Project: drawing and clay.

Members: $13  Non Members: $15
(Per workshop, tickets can be purchased at the door)

See Winter Calendar below.

Picture Books are a crucial tool for developing a child’s literacy and language skills in their early years.  They help build self-confidence as the child learns to read through visual thinking. The children will read a book, then tell their own story through collage and other multimedia materials. They will look at the different elements of art such as changing perspective, scale, as well as multiple points of view through drawing and using collage materials. In addition, each child will be given a small plastic magnifying glass to explore a tinker box filled with objects from nature such as seashells, rocks, etc.

Lena Massari Sawyer has been an educator for over 25 years. She taught Art History and Studio Art to children for over two decades at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  While at the Met, she specialized in early childhood education, creating and teaching numerous art history and children’s literature classes.   Lena has been a long-time resident of Long Island. She teaches art history, painting and other multimedia classes both at the Birthplace at the Little Studio in Northport Village.  Lena holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and performed her graduate studies in Museum Education at New York University.

 


 

Art in the Barn Winter Calendar

February 3rdBlack History Month
A look at Royal Art of Benin from Metropolitan Museum of Art, with a reading of the 2011 Caldecott winner: “Dave the Potter Artist, Poet, Slave” by Laban C. Hill and Bryan Collier.  Project: drawing and clay.

February 10th –  Celebrate the Chinese New Year with Us!
Learn about Chinese scroll painting, paint will calligraphy brushes and read about your own personal Chinese zodiac in “The Legend of the Chinese Dragon” by M. Sellier, C. Louis, W. Fei.

February 17th –  Come and explore Romare Bearden’s groundbreaking collage celebrating African American Urban life in “The Block”
A multimedia art project will follow and Barney Saltzberg fun book “Beautiful OOPS” will be enjoyed.

February 24th – Travel with us to Africa and learn about African Masks!
Class will end with the book “Me… Jane” by Patrick McDonnell about Jane Goodall, the English Anthropologist and “Can you Spot the Leopard” by C Stelzig.  Bring your favorite stuff animal to class!

March 2nd – Women’s History Month
Learn how to paint large flowers like Georgia O’ Keefe did.   “My Name is Georgia: A Portrait” by Jeanette Winter will be read.

March 9th – Explore the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama
We will be painting and reading “From Here to Infinity” by S. Suzuki and E. Weinstein.

March 16th – Come celebrate the color GREEN with us for Saint Patrick’s Day!
We will be reading the book “Green” by Laura V. Seeger and exploring Henri Rousseau’s very green Jungle paintings.  A magical surprise will follow.

March 23rd – Experience the world of Alma Thomas Paintings
Shapes, color and movement in art will be discussed.  “I Spy Shapes” in Art by Lucy Micklethwait will be explored.

March 30th – No class

Date: Saturday, February 3, 2024
Start Time: 11:00 am EST
Members: $13  Non Members: $15

2024/2026 Teen Poet Laureate of Suffolk County Contest

In 2022, County Legislators created the position of Teen Poet Laureate of Suffolk County, a non-funded position with an inaugural term of June 1, 2022 through May 31, 2024. The Teen Poet Laureate creates opportunities to promote and bring poetry by and for young residents of Suffolk County into the community as a positive force and encourages others to reach their potential.

Deborah Hauser, the current Suffolk County Poet Laureate, Ella O’Connor, the current Suffolk County Teen Poet Laureate, and the former Poets Laureate, invite you to apply to be appointed Suffolk County’s next Teen Poet Laureate.

Eligibility

  • Students living in Suffolk County.
  • Ages 13 through 19.
  • Entrants should be able to serve a 2-year term from June 1, 2024 through May 31, 2026.

Application

The application packet must be submitted by a junior high or high school teacher on the student’s behalf and must include:

  • Teacher’s letter of recommendation.
  • 3 poems, each no longer than 60 lines, any form, style, or topic.
  • A short CV documenting:
    • candidate’s leadership and civic engagement, such as an activity (formal or informal) promoting the quality of life in their school or community and demonstrating a commitment to equity and inclusiveness.
    • Evidence of past literary publication and awards will be considered but Is not a requirement.
  • Letter of recommendation, poems, CV, and cover letter should all be submitted in one Word file (not a PDF file nor in the body of the e-mail.)

ENTRY PACKETS MUST BE RECEIVED BY E-MAIL NO LATER THAN JANUARY 16, 2024. E-mail packets to teenpoetlaureate2024@gmail.com

The current Teen Laureate and a panel of former Laureates will select the next Teen Laureate and finalists, whom will be invited to participate in a celebration at the Walt Whitman Birthplace in 2024.

Contact teenpoetlaureate2024@gmail.com if you have questions about the application process.

Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2024

POETS BUILDING BRIDGES Series 3, January 13, 2024 – Milan Italy, Roadside Press, San Antonio TX

George Wallace and Walt Whitman Birthplace proudly present season three of POETS BUILDING BRIDGES: A TRIANGULATION PROJECT, inaugurated in March 2022 with the purpose of enhancing dialogue between communities of writers across the US and internationally. Based on a shared small-group experience, these Saturday zoom sessions engage three distinct and well defined communities of poets with each other to share work and foster further interaction. In Season Three, POETS BUILDING BRIDGES will build on that experience, triangulating national and international groups based not only on location but additionally offering key small press publications an opportunity to form a participating group.

THIS IS A ZOOM ONLY EVENT. 

Live on zoom. archived on Youtube. For Season 2 visit our YouTube Channel >>

 


San Antonio TXOctavio Quintanilla  |  Natalie Trevino  |  Matt Tavares

Octavio Quintanilla is the author of the poetry collection, If I Go Missing, the founder and director of the literature & arts festival, VersoFrontera, publisher of Alabrava Press, and former Poet Laureate of San Antonio, TX. His Frontextos (visual poems) have been published and exhibited widely. His new poetry collection, The Book of Wounded Sparrows, is forthcoming from Texas Review Press in fall 2024. He teaches Literature and Creative Writing at Our Lady of the Lake University.


Matthew Tavares is the translator of Wendy Barker’s Those Roads, These Moons forthcoming from Alabrava Press. His work has appeared in Allegory Ridge‘s Anthology Aurora, High Noon, Cagibi, and Texas Books in Review. He is also the Co-Director of the literary festival VersoFrontera and is currently pursuing an MFA from Our Lady of the Lake University.


Born in Mexico and raised in Texas, Natalia Trevino is a Professor of English at Northwest Vista College and a member of the Macondo Foundation. She is the author of Lavando La Dirty Laundry (2014  Mongrel Empire Press) and VirginX (2018 Finishing Line Press). Natalia completed her Master’s degree in English at The University of Texas San Antonio, and she completed her Master’s of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing at The University of Nebraska, Omaha. Her poems have won the Alfredo Cisneros de Moral Award, the Wendy Barker Creative Writing Award, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, the San Antonio Artist Foundation Literary Prize, the Menada Literary Award in Macedonia and others.


 

Roadside Press Poets:  Michele McDannold  |  Wm Taylor Jr, Dan Denton Kerry Trautman  |  Westley Heine

Michele McDannold has organized poetry events and/or performed poetry with a bunch of unabashed free-thinkers across this great United States, most happily by roadtrip but sometimes by plane, train or coincidence. She spends most of her time producing and publishing books, when she’s not out killing miles with her magical jeep. Stealing the Midnight from a Handful of Days (Punk Hostage Press) and By Plane, Train or Coincidence ( Roadside Press) are her full-length poetry collections.


Dan Denton is a former UAW chief steward, veteran of four dozen different factory jobs and current full time writer. His work has often been featured in magazines, union journals, and newspapers, and has been widely published amongst today’s best underground and independent writers. He is the author of the novels $100-A-Week Motel (Punk Hostage Press, 2021), The Dead and the Desperate (Roadside Press, 2023) and the poetry/novella hybrid Finding Jesus & Prayers To My Saints (Gutter Snob Books, 2022.)


Westley Heine is the author of Busking Blues: Recollections of a Chicago Street Musician and Squatter through Roadside Press (2022), 12 Chicago Cabbies (2021), and volume of poetry The Trail of Quetzalcoatl (2016). He has featured twice at the Green Mill Poetry Slam in Uptown Chicago, and is the new host of the poetry open mic at The Gallery Cabaret in Bucktown every 4th Saturday. Most recently Roadside Press has released his new poetry collection entitled Street Corner Spirits, audio excerpts of which are now available on most streaming services under the same title.


William Taylor Jr. lives and writes in San Francisco. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, and a volume of fiction. His work has been published widely in literary journals, including Rattle, The New York Quarterly, and The Chiron Review. He was a recipient of the 2013 Kathy Acker Award, and edited Cocky Moon: Selected Poems of Jack Micheline (Zeitgeist Press, 2014). His latest poetry collection, A Room Above a Convenience Store, is available from Roadside Press.


Kerry Trautman is a lifelong Ohioan and co-founder of ToledoPoet.com and the “Toledo Poetry Museum” page on Facebook which promote Northwest Ohio poetry events. In 2019 her one-act play “Mass” was a winner of The Toledo Repertoire Theater’s “Toledo Voices” competition. Kerry’s most recent books are Artifacts (NightBallet Press 2017,) To be Nonchalantly Alive (Kelsay Books 2020,) Marilyn: Self-Portrait, Oil on Canvas (Gutter Snob Books 2022,) Unknowable Things (Roadside Press 2022,) and Irregulars (Stanchion Books 2023.)


 

Milan Italy Poets:  Barbara Rabita  |  Edoardo Callegari  |  Roberto Chiapparoli  |  Antonio Laneve

Barbara Rabita lives in Milan has written some poems in the collection Sentire published by Pagine, the book of poems Convergenze written with Antonio Laneve and Poliedri: Her poems were published by Centro Tipografico Livornese. She is also in a plaquette of different authors in L’Artigiano di versi published by Stampa 2009. She is part of the management of Piccolo Museo della Poesia in Piacenza and a member of BIPA (Biennale di Poesia fra le Arti).


Edoardo Callegari lives in San Rocco al Porto (Lodi), he is Director of the Scientific Committee of Piccolo Museo della Poesia di Piacenza. Poet and playwright, in 2022 he published a book of poems entitled Liturgie di un magnifico (Liturgies of a magnificent) and presented the national premiere of the play Umbra Luminis – Teresa Miss Avila. He is one of five intellectuals involved in 2023 by artist Marco Nereo Rotelli in his next project entitled Air, commissioned by the Italian Parliament.


Roberto Chiapparoli lives in Tortona (Alessandria), he is one of the founding member and vice-president of the Bipa – Biennale Italiana di Poesia fra le Arti and member of the directive board of the Piccolo Museo della Poesia di Piacenza. He has published 2 anthologies of poems from 2014 to 2016 and 1 artistic book of visual poetry in 2017.


Antonio Laneve lives in Milan has written the book of poems Convergenze with Barbara Rabita, Calembourgh, both published by Centro Tipografico Livornese and Lezione frontale by La Vita Felice; he is also in a plaquette of different authors in L’Artigiano di versi published by Stampa 2009. He is part of the management of Piccolo Museo della Poesia in Piacenza and a member of BIPA (Biennale di Poesia fra le Arti).


 

 

Support Our Literacy Programs >>

POETS BUILDING BRIDGES is produced by Poetrybay Productions for the Walt Whitman Birthplace.

Date: Saturday, January 13, 2024
Start Time: 12:00 pm EST

A Book, Then We Look: Storytime and hands on art project for Preschoolers

A Book, Then We Look is a new drop-in workshop for preschoolers at Walt Whitman Birthplace. Taught by Lena Massari Sawyer, former Museum Educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Come and join us every week as we read various stories including the award-winning Caldecott books.  Learn about artists of the past and create your own artwork.

**NEW DATE ADDED: 12/28/2023 10:00AM

Thursdays, starting November 9th 10AM – 11AM
(11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28)

Members: $10  Non Members: $15
(Per workshop)

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at:
https://www.waltwhitman.org/product/a-book-then-we-look/

Picture Books are a crucial tool for developing a child’s literacy and language skills in their early years.  They help build self-confidence as the child learns to read through visual thinking. The children will read a book, then tell their own story through collage and other multimedia materials. They will look at the different elements of art such as changing perspective, scale, as well as multiple points of view through drawing and using collage materials. In addition, each child will be given a small plastic magnifying glass to explore a tinker box filled with objects from nature such as seashells, rocks, etc.

Lena Massari Sawyer has been an educator for over 25 years. She taught Art History and Studio Art to children for over two decades at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  While at the Met, she specialized in early childhood education, creating and teaching numerous art history and children’s literature classes.   Lena has been a long-time resident of Long Island. She teaches art history, painting and other multimedia classes both at the Birthplace at the Little Studio in Northport Village.  Lena holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and performed her graduate studies in Museum Education at New York University.

 

November 9th

Make Van Gogh’s Bed
by Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo
Vincent’s Colors
by: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Art Project: Make your own Vincent inspired Sunflower drawing

 

November 16th

Over the River and Through the Woods: A Thanksgiving Poem
by Lydia Marie Child
Take a Walk in Walt’s Garden, once a month we will read Poems from John Updike’s A Child’s Calendar. The children will then take a walk in Walt’s Garden. This month we will examine the Fall season through changing color, textures of leaves, engaging and reinforcing the children’s senses and elements of art.

Art Project: Textured collage

 

November 23rd
Thanksgiving Day – no class

 

November 30th

Run, Hare, Run!
by: John Winch
The Story of a Drawing &
Can You Find It?
by Metropolitan Museum of Art

Art Project: Collage

 

December 7th

Catch Picasso’s Rooster
by Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo
Pete the Cat & I Love My White Shoe
by James Dean and Eric Litwin

Art Project: Make Pete a new pair of holiday sneakers

 

December 14th

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
by Simms Taback

Art Project: Fabric, Buttons and other collage materials and A walk in Walts Garden!

 

December 21st

Dream Snow
by Eric Carle

Art Project: Paint a picture with watercolor crayons.

Date: Thursday, December 28, 2023
Start Time: 10:00 am EST

WWBA 2023 Series: Legacy of Long Island’s First Peoples, Program 6 – Long Island Whalemen Of Color And The Circassian Shipwreck

On Sunday, December 3rd we hosted our final event in our WWBA 2023 Series: Legacy of Long Island’s First Peoples – Long Island Whalemen of Color And the Circassian Shipwreck featuring Lance Gumbs, NE Vice President, NCAI and Sandi Brewster-walker, Executive Director of the Montaukett Indian Nation & Government Affairs Officer.

Long Island’s whaling legacy is a prominent part of its history, yet the vital role whalers of color played has traditionally been erased from the narrative. As the whaling industry grew on all sides of the Long Island Sound, when a vessel left its home port, the crew would include Native Americans, Blacks, and the descendants of the European settlers, as well as Dutch traders. All the whalemen of color did not come from the east end of Long Island. Some were born in western Suffolk, or Queens (Nassau) counties.

Nathaniel Murray, Robert Young, and Harry Mills were seamen of color born in the old Town of Huntington, which included Huntington South (Amityville). Nathaniel Murray (c1786), an Indian, can be found as early as 1815, departing at the port of New York. A year later, a New London Crew List had Nathaniel sailing on the brig Mary Ann to the West Indies. Samuel Havens and Nathaniel Murray also hunted the whale. The Town of Islip was the birthplace of Samuel Havens (c.1781), who sailed on the schooner Sally. Another Indian, Nathaniel Murray (Murry) (c.1786), joined the crew of the brig Mary Ann. These seamen were identified as being part of the over 400 men of color that hunted the whale from Long Island.

Sandi Brewster-walker will discuss her manuscript Gone Whaling: Long Island Seamen of Color, then turn the program over to Lance Gumbs.

Lance Gumbs, a Tribal Ambassador of the Shinnecock will discuss the invisible men of the Shinnecock Nation and their relationship with the doomed ship, The Circassian, which ran aground off of Bridgehampton in the winter of 1876. 10 Shinnecock seamen were among those enlisted to offload the ship’s cargo. With a vicious winter storm bearing down on the ship, the crew was forced to stay aboard and lost their lives, striking a terrible blow to the tight-knit Native American community. He is a co-chair of the Annual Shinnecock Indian Powwow and vice president of the National Congress of American Indians for the Northeast Region, as well as a former chairman and senior trustee of the Shinnecock Nation.

This is a FREE event.

 

 


 

This event is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Huntington Arts Council, Inc.

Date: Sunday, December 3, 2023
Start Time: 1:00 pm EST