bringing your creative voice out to play
Experiential Mentoring + Workshops
As the founder of The Poartry Project, I spent many years loving school and cherishing my classroom time, but it’s the outdoor learning adventures I always remember most. Our workshops and customized summer and after-school mentoring experiences create welcoming, inclusive, encouraging spaces of “no mistakes” where creative voices of all ages and experience levels are given free range to come out and play – outdoors in nature as much as possible. The Poartry Project loves helping lives discover that they are more of a poet, writer, artist, storyteller than they think there are or can be, and it’s our special mission to create experiences that help dismantle and remove the inhibitions and doubts about creativity and “being good enough” that are the barriers to so many people expressing and sharing themselves fully and joyfully.
Our Next Workshop is coming up!
Writing an Art-Inspired Poem: Experience the Joy of Ekphrastic Poetry! (virtual)
Thursday, August 27th
5 – 6:30 pm US eastern
Lake Placid Center for the Arts Virtual Workshop (via Zoom)
If you love words and art, the ancient form of “ekphrastic” (art-inspired) poetry is a rich field of inspiration and collaboration for telling our stories and describing our experiences through poems. As a poet, visual artist and founder of The Poartry Project, instructor JC Wayne’s special mission is making poetry accessible by helping people find the “poet within” that lives inside all of us. Taking a painting as our muse, we’ll open the door to creative inspiration and unblock common beliefs that poetry is intimidating, hard or takes some kind of almost magical natural skill that can’t be learned by writing a poem inspired by the art of Gallery 46 artist, Cynthia Rosen. As a special bonus, Cynthia will be in attendance to answer questions and share her inspiration and creative process around the painting we’ll be writing about. Through concrete examples of different types of ekphrastic poems, the rare gift of being able to speak with the artist whose work is serving as our muse and the unique opportunity to engage with poetry in an accessible way, you will come away from this workshop with the joy and confidence of having written a poem that celebrates both words and art through your unique perspective and voice.
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