What if the annual State of the Union was not a speech spoken by one, but a poem created by many?
The US Department of Art and Culture is hosting THE PEOPLE'S STATE OF THE UNION in more than 170 locations across the country at the end of this month. Amy Walsh (Director of the Apeiron Institute and Founding Cultural Agent of the USDAC) is hosting a Providence gathering, and encouraging others to join in or host their own. Will YOU bring your voice to this beautiful event?
WHAT IS IT? A people-powered State of the Union Address in the form of a NATIONAL COLLECTIVE POEM. All over the country, in the last week of January, people are gathering in small formations called STORY CIRCLES to tell and document our stories about the State of our Union. We will upload our stories to a STORY PORTAL, and in the week following the story circles nationwide, members of the USDAC National Cabinet will comment on themes that arise, tying individual and collective experiences to a larger narrative of who we are as a people and what we might imagine and stand for together.
Simultaneously, a diverse group of poets from across the U.S. will be invited to co-create the “2015 People’s State of the Union Address,” drawing from the stories shared online as source material for a collective poem. The Poetic Address to the Nation will be performed and broadcast live from its premiere at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City on February 1, 2015. Transcripts will be made available for future readings and performances.
HERE'S HOW YOU CAN BE INVOLVED:
-- Come to a story circle at the Apeiron Institute! Thursday evening, January 29th, at 7pm
at the Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living, 519 Atwells Avenue, Providence. Please RSVP to me! And/Or:
-- Host your own story circle! Sign up here.
You can come to a training call (The one on January 16 will be led by me). It can be hosted by you or an organization you represent. The more the better!
Find out more and watch it all unfold at usdac.us.
Flyer for the Apeiron story circle attached! Spread the word far and wide!