School Vacation Week Family Days: The Art of Poetry

School Vacation Week Family Days: The Art of Poetry

School Vacation Week Family Days: The Art of Poetry
April 19, 20, 21
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Art inspires poetry and poetry inspires artists. This PMA Family Day is about the intersection of poetry and visual art. Local poets from The Telling Room will visit to share their art. They will lead you through poetry-related games and activities in the galleries. 

11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Poetry and Art Session with Janan Alexandra, Telling Room Teaching Artist

Join Janan for a series of poetry games and activities inspired by the artworks and by tapping into all of our senses as we move through the PMA. Games may include: 

  • Found Poems: how can we lift language from unsuspecting places to launch into poem building? In this exercise we will practice creating poems out of words we find on the walls around us, tapping into the art of the unexpected! What happens when we string together surprising combinations of words? How can numbers, dates, even technical language that we find in artwork titles or labels be starts for poems?
  • Sound Poems: Lest we forget, poetry is at its very essence a lyric art -- one that resides above all in our voices and ears! Let's create poems based on the sounds we hear around us, the sounds we imagine or might even hear when we focus intensely on a piece of artwork before us. How does image conjure sound? What does it sound like to read a poem in the PMA? How is it different from reading a poem quietly to yourself?

Best for ages 5 years and up. Caregivers are also encouraged to participate!


2 p.m.
PMA Film: The Eagle Huntress
FREE for 16 years and under during school vacation week. 
Please note that this film is in English and Kazakh, with English subtitles. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

About our collaborators:
The Telling Room is a nonprofit writing center in Portland, Maine, dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers. Focused on young writers ages 6 to 18, we offer fun and innovative programs that range from free after school writing workshops to in-school residencies throughout the state of Maine. With the support and expertise of local writers, artists, and teachers we seek to build confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and provide real audiences for our students. We believe that the power of creative expression can change our communities and prepare our youth for future success.

Janan Alexandra was born in Nicosia, Cyprus to a Lebanese mother and American father. She holds a BA in Afro-American Studies and Poetry from Smith College, was a 2013 poet-in-residence at the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets, and has been published in Rusted Radishes, a literary journal coming out of Beirut, Lebanon. Janan has taught and mentored young folks in Washington D.C., California, and now Maine, where she currently facilitates creative writing workshops with teens at the Telling Room. She believes unhesitatingly that poems live in all of us and is devoted to sharing this indelible truth as widely as possible!