Collaborative poetry workshop in Greenville hosted by renowned local poet
GREENVILLE — The art exhibition “West Greenville in Print” integrates a literary component by collaborating with accomplished local poets. The first poetry workshop, “Praising West Greenville” at 9 a.m. Wednesday with Glenis Redmond, invites anyone who lives, works or plays in Greenville’s west side to share their stories along with NEXT High School students participating in this poetry activity.
Through the workshop, attendees will learn how to write praise poetry as a way to reflect on their sense of place and how their identities have been shaped by the communities and neighborhoods in which they live.
Many of the poems will be recorded and turned into spoken word to play in the gallery space during First Fridays and exhibition viewing hours.
The “West Greenville in Print” exhibition showcases the images created in collaborative printmaking workshops given by The Printshop. Prints displayed are the creation of local residents and students participating in summer camp students at Legacy Charter School, the Center for Educational Equity and the Mill Village Farms.
Images and poems can be viewed until Aug. 28 in the Center for Visual Arts-Greenville satellite facility in the Village of West Greenville, 1278 Pendleton St. The center is open 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays.
The workshops and exhibit are free and open to the public because of donations from supporters and gifts given by Richard and Gwen Heusel, the Community Foundation of Greenville and The Graham Foundation.
For more information regarding the exhibits at the Clemson University Center for Visual Arts-Greenville (CVA-G), contact Kara Blanken Soper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Glenis Redmond lives in Charlotte and Greenville. She travels all over the state and the country as a road poet with two posts as the poet-in-residence at The Peace Center for the Performing Arts and at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey This year she served as the mentor poet for the National Student Poets Program. She prepared student poets to read at the Library of Congress, the Department of Education and for First Lady Michelle Obama at The White House. Redmond is a Cave Canem Fellow, a North Carolina Literary Fellowship Recipient and a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist.
The Center for Visual Arts
The Center for Visual Arts (CVA) at Clemson University is where students, visitors and scholars explore contemporary perspectives in art and culture through research, outreach programming and studio practice. With a mission to engage and render visible the creative process, the CVA is a dynamic intellectual and physical environment where art is created, exhibited and interpreted. It educates through academic research and practice with art at its core, drawing upon varied disciplines to examine critically cultural issues and artistic concerns. The Center for Visual Arts-Greenville (CVA-G) is a satellite of the Center for Visual Arts at Clemson University, which serves as the umbrella for all visual art activities at the university. Though there is not a physical building for this center, the majority of the activities for the Center of Visual Arts are generated out of Lee Hall on the Clemson University campus. For more information, visit clemson.edu/cva.