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Clark Seeks Young People to Read Their Poetry at April Family Event

For Immediate Release

March 15, 2001

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA, (March 15, 2001) - Budding poets will have the opportunity to read their original compositions at a "poetry slam" to take place during an upcoming family program at the Clark Art Institute. Young people ages four to sixteen are encouraged to visit the Clark between now and April 14, write a poem about a work of art, and send it to the Clark's education department. Selected poets will be invited to perform at the "Pictures and Poetry" event on Sunday, April 29, at 3:00 p.m. "Pictures and Poetry" will be offered in connection with the current exhibition Rossetti in the 1860s: The Blue Bower, which features the work of English painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The deadline for submission is April 14; poets selected to perform will be contacted by telephone.

Any style of poetry is welcome. Entry forms are available at the Clark information desk, as are suggestions for looking at and writing about art. Participation in the poetry slam is open to individuals and to school groups. Teachers who wish their students to participate may arrange a group gallery talk. The Clark is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through June 16.

Poetry submissions should be sent to the Education Department, Clark Art Institute, PO Box 8, Williamstown, MA 01267.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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