Engaging the North Lawndale Community with the Power of Poetry and Play!
We are excited to announce that the David L. Hoyt Foundation has partnered with the Chicago Poetry Center to present a special poetry edition of Word Play Way.
The goal of this poetry specific Word Play Way is to advocate play and literacy through the power of words. We hope by bringing this project to Douglas Park, North Lawndale, we can provide members of the community with a way to engage with each other.
This public art project will be painted on the sidewalk using 1500 letter stencils to create over 5000 letters. The letters form words spelled out in winding patterns, and the words become the poem. The installation will cover a footpath within Douglas Park, near the corner of California and Ogden, in North Lawndale.
We are working with poet Roger Reeves, a former resident of North Lawndale, to create a site specific poem for this special Word Play Way. Reeves's work deals with poverty and class, race relations, and the black body in space. Once complete, participants of all ages are invited to engage with the poem at Word Play Way in Douglas Park.
We invite you to attend our Community Information Sessions on any of the dates below to discuss the project:
June 1st 5:15 PM Homan Square Community Center
June 29th 6:00 PM Douglas Park
July 25th 6:00 PM Douglas Park
July 29th – August 18th TBA Installation
August 23rd TBA Dedication
The installation design was organized by Jumble® author David L. Hoyt. We are thankful for the generous support of Douglas Park, Homan Square Park, The 24th Ward Alderman Michael Scott Junior, Turning the Page, and the Douglass Library.