The title for the exhibition pays homage to the anthology â€œThe Negro Caravanâ€ edited by the late renowned poet, Sterling A. Brown and Arthur P. Davis.
â€œThis exhibition is sort of an updated version of that [â€˜The Negro Caravan,â€™]â€ said American Poetry Museum Executive Director Jon West-Bey.
â€œWashington, D.C. has an incredible arts scene, but more specifically it has this really rich tradition of literary arts. There is a rich tradition here and it is something that really hasnâ€™t been formally explored in terms of an exhibition. It adds a different touch with the documentation in terms of the photographs. You ensure younger generations can come and see folks that are from their community, that live in their city and are making contributions to the literary arts,â€ he said.
The American Poetry Museum has an application process once a year with the sole purpose of requesting ideas for future exhibitions. Dooley and Ali conceived the idea for this exhibition to encourage the collaboration between visual artists, writers and poets.
Incorporated in 2004, the American Poetry Museum is a 501Â©3 non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating this nationâ€™s diverse poetic traditions, using written and spoken poetry as an educational tool. The mission of the American Poetry Museum is to celebrate poetry, promote literacy, foster meaningful dialogue, encourage an appreciation for the diversity of the American experience, and to educate local, national, and international audiences through the presentation, preservation, and interpretation of American poetry.
The admission is free and the Gallery is open Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday through Sunday by appointment. The exhibition, â€œThe Washington Caravan,â€ runs through September.
For more information visit www.americanpoetrymuseum.org.
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