WITS has partnered with local artists and organizations to transform trees into “poet-trees” throughout downtown Houston during National Poetry Month. Trees are located at Discovery Green, Buffalo Bayou Park, East End Esplanade on Navigation, and the Houston Public Library on Heights Blvd.
#htxpoettrees on instagram
Share your poetry in a Poet-Tree
You too can share your poems, thoughts, or wishes by writing them on tags and hanging them on the poet-trees throughout the city.
Houston B-Cycle has provided a special poet-tree promo code during April, encouraging cyclists and visitors to take part in poet-tree tours and bike rides. Just enter the code WSPTP at checkout (available only at houston.bcycle.com) Make sure to snap a picture and share it with friends and the Houston community with the #htxpoettrees hashtag.
Poets and artists came together on April 8 for a poet-tree kick-off event and poetry slam on the East End Esplanade on Navigation, supported by the East End Foundation and Greater East End Management District.
Youth and adult poets competed in an poetry slam, while the public enjoyed music and an open air market. This event was emceed by renowned poets and WITS writers, Emanuelee “Outspoken” Bean and Deborah “D.E.E.P.”
Meta-Four Houston youth poets competed, igniting the air with poetry and music provided by DJ Anarchy. Check out the awesome video made of this event by our friend #thefluentone.
Poets on the Plaza Video
Artist Curated Trees
Select trees were curated by Houston artists Nicola Parente, Ketria Bastian Scott, and Anthony Suber.
Nicola creates expressive abstract paintings and photography from his studio in Houston and had served as a longtime visiting artist in school classrooms with WITS. Born in Italy, he draws from his rich Italian heritage and a deep well of cross-cultural experiences to bring his art to life.
Working in a variety of media, he engages the viewer in dialogues of human encounter within the urban environment. Inspired by changes in metropolitan communities, his art defines the intersections of daily urban life and timeless multi-cultural celebration. His paintings capture the fluidity and static elements of the urban matrix, referencing the architectonic images, reflections, and rhythms of its landscape. (nicolaparente.com)
Ketria Bastian Scott
Houston sculptor Ketria Bastian Scott is largely self-taught in her discipline. Scott currently works at the Ken King Foundry, crafting bronze work of sculptors on projects ranging in scale from the intimate to the monumental.
She has advanced skills and experience in mold making, wax work, welding and metal fabrication. The bronze artisan work done at the foundry is for a variety of local, regional, national and internationally known artists. (ketria.com)
Painter, sculptor, and educator, Anthony Suber is a Texas native and graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston and the University of Houston.
Suber’s work focuses on historical references, spirituality and the contemporary African American experience through the lens of his personal experiences of religion and social relationships in a post-modern society.
Channeling his love for history and art historical reference, Suber works primarily with emblematic connections, chronological references and narrative “stills”. In doing so Suber seeks to capture a part of the human experience that allows the viewer to participate in the compositional construct. (anthonysuber.weebly.com)
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This project is funded through a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. Special thanks to the artists, Ren Mitchell Creative, East End Foundation, Houston Public Library, Buffalo Bayou Park, Discovery Green, BCycle, and Culture Pilot.
Coming soon! WITS will soon share a tool-kit so you can create your own poet-tree and join us in the Houston poet-tree movement.