• Collection: Writers Corps

 
 
 
 
 
 
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About this Collection

Writerscorps: This Place Called Poetry

Firm: FOURM design build
Team: Liz Ogbu, Matthew Toon, Deanna Van Buren, Adrienne Aquino
Status: Completed 2009

Writerscorps is a nonprofit working with underserved youth to teach and enhance their skills in poetry and spoken word. We were approached by Katherine Gin Managing Director of Educators for Fair Consideration to be the architects and builders of this project funded with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The intention was to celebrate Writercorps 15th anniversary by finding a way to combine poetry and place as well as display a documentary created by Katherine Gin about the students of Writerscorps. Upon watching the film we conceptualized the place of poetry as an internal one so our exhibit sought to celebrate this fact but bringing visitors into the psychological “space” of writing. This is done through the creation of a series of environments that relax and inspire the visitor to create their own poetry.