Her poem Run Away Now, Dear and accompanying photograph were chosen for the cover of this year’s LTP student exhibition announcement card. Cards will be distributed in the next few weeks and exhibitions open at the end of July.
I arrived at the Rosenbach Museum and Library on Saturday to TEN, yes I said ten, students from the Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush, all dressed in purple and gray and ready to present their poetry and photography to a group of Philadelphia art educators. The students did a phenomenal job presenting final works and discussing their process and the impact of the program on their class. Some of my favorite quotes of the day include:
“I feel like now I look at everything from a different perspective and see photographs everywhere. I walk around and think, oh I can take a photo of that, or of that and write a poem about it.”
” I feel like this project taught me lessons in school, but it more taught me lessons about life that I can take with me.”
In addition to our presentation the students all sat and listened to representatives from Young Playwrights present about their in-school programs. They even got a taste of what teacher seminars are like by participating in a writing and reflection exercise (aka Saturday homework). However, I think ending the afternoon with a free tour of the Maurice Sendak collection made it all worth it! I am very proud of each and every one of them!