Walking poem by Jessica Winton

Poetry on Tiptoes

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A new project, “Poetry on Tiptoes,” is planned in the lead up to the Gold Cup & Saucer Parade, which occurs at the culmination of Charlottetown, PEI’s Old Home Week.

Visual artists Kendi Tarichia and Jessica Winton alongside writer Gillian Robinson will facilitate the realization of the concept by the participants. The “poem” design, text and fabrication will be developed by the group that coalesces in response to the targeted public call for participation. Through weekly sessions in the Recharge Lounge at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, participants will imagine, write, discuss, and make the work. The first weekly meeting is on June 15 at 2 pm, with more dates to follow. On Friday August 16, all are welcome to walk together as “Poetry on Tiptoes” in the parade.

This piece falls into a larger body of participatory parade works titled “Ris Publica” that Jessica has been developing since completing her MFA at NSCAD in 2016. This work proposes, says Jessica, that as registrants of a parade, we have the potential to engage in the public sphere via our own float, which is the visible elements of the reflected community. Creating “Poetry on Tiptoes” allows for the recognition of one’s individual values, and the issues at hand in one’s social circles, while incorporating a concept of “New Home Week” for many participants, explains Jessica. With the support of PEI’s Association for Newcomers to Canada, the project is also focusing on the inclusion of newcomers alongside longtime residents of PEI.

The parade coincides with the beginning of Charlottetown’s Art in The Open creating an opportunity to combine influences of these two events through this project. Organizers hope it will be a fun way to meet new people. All materials are supplied. All are welcome to join in. No commitment or experience is necessary. Follow “Poetry on Tiptoes” on Facebook or visit the artist’s website at jessicawinton.com.

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