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Denver’s Aurora Cultural Arts District Makes Way for Poetry

By Harriet Staff

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According to Denver Post, Aurora Cultural Arts District’s board members recently convened and confirmed that their district was lacking in poetry. After brainstorming with Tracy Weil, who is the district’s managing director, they came up with a new spoken-word art event called Poetry @ Play. It begins September 20th.

“We wanted whatever we did to be community-focused as well as create a signature event for the art district,” Weil said. “It’s always a trick to find out what niches work with which districts.”

Weil is one of the founders of the River North Art District in Denver. He said comparatively, Aurora’s art scene is made up mostly of theaters and educational centers rather than galleries, and that demographic needed to be considered when searching for the city’s ideal annual art festival.

“Poetry is a great thing,” Weil said, “It’s really approachable and I think people relate to it.”

The readings begin at 3 p.m. Sept. 20 at Aurora West College Preparatory Academy, 10100 E. 13th St. There, Aurora Public School students in 9th-12th grade will read their favorite original poems to the audience.

The evening continues from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Fletcher Plaza near the MLK Library on East Colfax Avenue. Volunteer readers who registered online through the Aurora Cultural Arts District’s website will relay their favorite beat poems outside.

The second day starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Aurora Cultural Arts District’s Gallery and Studios at 1400 Dallas St., where preregistered readers spout original poems alongside featured local poets who were chosen by Weil.

The festival wraps up from 9-11 p.m. with more original poetry at the Collection Gallery at 9801 E. Colfax Ave.

Weil is also accepting submissions for visual interpretations of poetry (like paintings created from the inspiration of a poem) online. That gallery will be on display all weekend at the Aurora Cultural Arts District’s Gallery and Studios.

Get ready! For more info, visit www.auroraculture.org.

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Posted in Poetry News on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 by Harriet Staff.