For Black Lives Matter San Antonio Museum of Art, poet laureate Andrea ‘Vocab’ Sanderson launch poetry postcard project
The San Antonio Museum of Art and the city’s poet laureate have launched a letter-writing project with a creative twist.
It’s a stay-at-亚洲游国际集团home alternative for people who want to express themselves about what’s going on right now but may not be comfortable joining a Black Lives Matter protest or rally in response to police violence. The museum is distributing free action bags that contain everything someone would need to send a message with poetry postcards, which can be mailed to local or state leaders.
The project is the brainchild of poet laureate Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson and Yohanna Tesfai, the museum’s public programs manager.
“Sometimes we get a little lost for words because we’re overwhelmed by emotion, and it’s OK to get in a quiet space and think about … how we could reimagine our world in a better way,” Sanderson said in a video promoting the project on the museum’s YouTube channel.
She advised participants to take a conversational approach when composing their messages. “You don’t have to rhyme. You don’t have to create eloquent prose. You’re just having a very matter-of-fact conversation” with these government officials, she said. “Just tell them what you want to see.”
The bags contain blank postcards, colored pencils, postage stamps and a card containing addresses for Mayor Nirenberg, Gov. Abbott and other county, state and federal officials.
“We really want to make this as easy as possible for you to send your thoughts, your ideas, what you want to see happen in your community to the right people who can make that happen,” Tesfai said in the video.
“We hope that you take these action bags … and learn more about how to get involved locally and nationally to make change.”
The bags are available for free at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio, 7150 W. Interstate 10, and the Dellview Park softball diamond, 500 Besswood Drive. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a pickup time.
Jim Kiest is the arts and entertainment editor for the San Antonio Express-News. To read more from Jim, become a subscriber. @WeekenderSA