Bringing Words to Life and Life to Words
CHAPEL HILL, NC - The early spring-like weather has caused a variety of flowers to bloom, but also words. Popping up around Chapel Hill and Carrboro are growing words like “Together we Grow,” “Hope,” “Discover,” “Imagine” or “Sin Final" or "Siempre." In total, 45 words and phrases have been planted with red clover in highly visible areas, from the Chapel Hill Public Library, the Community Center, up Franklin Street to the Carrboro Farmer’s Market and around the 330 E. Main Street properties. The living, growing poetry celebrates April’s National Poetry Month and reflects the vibrant culture of the area.
In its fifth year, Floraffti is a five month long placemaking and community engagement project for Chapel Hill and Carrboro. In February and March 2017, Floraffiti artist, Carter Hubbard and Josephus Thompson of The Poetry Project worked with several teen and adult community groups in Chapel Hill and Carrboro: Boomerang, Youth Community Project, teens from the Home School Community, Orange County High Schools, and the Adults of the NC Art Therapy Institute’s Art and Peer Support Group. They facilitated each person’s writing poetry, then transforming him or her into performers of their creations. Some participants performed a collaborative piece as well as solo pieces. Each individual poet then chose one word significant to their poem and with the help of local volunteers, they planted their words throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Multiple spoken word performances for their poems will take place around 10 to 15 of the sprouted words during the 2nd Friday ArtWalk, from 6 to 9 p.m. April 14.
Floraffiti serves as a positive catalyst of individual, socio-cultural, and environmental well-being in the community. This non-traditional project combines two art forms in a distinctive way to present and digest information, responding to the local climate and embodying local stories.
Placemaking initiatives such as Floraffiti aid in creating a sustainable visitor destination, reflecting a town actively invested in the welfare of all ages of the community, valuing its cultural identity. The words create destination points. This is one of the first signs announcing that spring is here, a much anticipated occurrence each year in the areas where the green words pop up.
Important Dates: April 14, 2017 – 2nd Friday ArtWalk, Chapel Hill & Carrboro performances, 6-9 p.m.
Floraffiti would not have been possible without the collaborative support of the Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation Department, Orange County Visitor’s Bureau, Orange County Arts Commission, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, Carrboro Tourism & Development Authority, Carrboro Arts Committee, Carrboro Coffee Roasters and Open Eye Café, and PTA Thrift Shop of Carrboro & Chapel Hill.