Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 7:00 PM in The Menil Collection Foyer, Writers in the Schools (WITS) and The Menil Collection will debut new work from their most recent collaboration in a poetry reading titled, Ekphrasis: Poems about Paintings.  The reading is the culmination of a project that used five specific works of art as a springboard for creative expression.

For this project, The Menil Collection staff chose five pieces for WITS writers and their students to use as inspiration forhigh school menil 603 new, original poetry.  The term ekphrasis is used to refer to poetry inspired by art, and while many of us consider ourselves art-illiterate, the musings of young students can show that one is never wrong about art.   Rather, we all see things differently, not correctly or incorrectly.

The students who will participate in this reading are all attending WITS Summer Creative Writing Workshops at The Shlenker School, one of three locations where the camp is offered.  Located within Congregation Beth Israel in Houston’s Southwest Corridor, The Shlenker School is widely known for its commitment to academic excellence as well as innovation in the fine arts, music, foreign language, and technology.

While on a recent field trip to The Menil Collection, students from The Shlenker School and their WITS writers wrote poems about the five works of art , including Renee Magritte’s The Glass Key and one of Alexander Calder’s aerial sculptures.

What began as an experimental collaboration between Writers in the Schools (WITS) and The Menil Collection in 1990 has blossomed into a nationally acclaimed, innovative use of art to inspire creative writing.  Every year thousands of WITS students walk through the galleries of The Menil Collection and become fascinated by the space. For many of them, it is their first experience at a museum.

Please come join us for this inspired evening of poetry!

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