Fall Colors and Sounds Come with Broadsides on Metro Trains and Buses!

Clarence White, clarence@saintpaulalmanac.org


SAINT PAUL (Aug. 3, 2017) The brilliance continues with IMPRESSIONS artists and writers on Friday, September 1, 7 p.m. at Java Express in Saint Paul’s Union Depot. This third round of IMPRESSIONS will come in time to greet the autumn colors proud with six more beautiful broadsides from six local poets and six local visual artists who created the literal and visual images. The poets and artists will present their work at the evening’s event.

With funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, through its Knight Arts Challenge grant, Almanac is working with 24 writers and 24 artists to publish and produce six broadsides each quarter, 24 broadsides for the year, inside trains and buses and on train platforms and bus shelters in the metropolitan area. Each quarter 200 IMPRESSIONS of the broadsides are created and published. Each broadside is a unique poster of a local poet’s poem combined with a local artist’s work as a reflection of that poem.

“The uniqueness and impact of the IMPRESSIONS concept is the ability to provide an opportunity for Metro Transit riders to view powerful visual and literary art unconsciously and consciously, individually and interactively, and in balance with the ride,” said Saint Paul Almanac Board Chair Metric Giles. “It’s the Saint Paul Almanac and Metro Transit working collaboratively to connect people directly with art. It’s a way to bring art straight to the people.”

Featured broadsides in this release are:

“Orange Chicken” written by Maddie Schumacher with visual art by Leah Bedford

“Clouds” written by John L. Smith with visual art by Genevieve Hess

“When Everything Was Everything” written by Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay with visual art by Koua Yang

“I wish to lay before this world the last universal ancestor” written by Molly Sowash with visual art by Rosemary Davis

“How to Explain Death to Your Daughter” written by Katie Vagnino with visual art by Sydney Willcox

“Fractures” written by Lucas Scheelk with visual art by Justin Terlecki

What: IMPRESSIONS fall broadside release

When: Friday, September 1, at 7 p.m.

Where: Java Express at Union Depot, 214 East 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101

Who: Everyone is welcome!

Broadsides will be posted in Metro Transit trains and buses and at bus and train stops throughout the metropolitan area. We continue to be grateful for support from Knight Foundation, Metro Transit, Intersection, and the City of Saint Paul Cultural STAR Program for this grand project.

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