Armed with Our Voices

Austin, TX

NCSS 99th Annual Conference in Austin, Texas

In May 1970 at Kent State University, four students were killed and nine were wounded during a non-violent protest against the vietnam war. The Wick Poetry Center in collaboration with the May 4 Visitors Center at Kent State University have created a simple, adaptable pop-up “pinwheel” experience that engages visitors by drawing them into what happened at Kent State on May 4, 1970, and why it matters today.

The exhibit was launched at the NCSS Annual Conference, and engaged visitors in a multimedia experience around May 4, 1970. The pinwheel experience includes videos, historical photography, oral histories, an emphasis on contermporary movements, and a Listening Wall experience where vistors are able to create their own poetry out of multimedia text transcripts.

Learn more about the exhibit by visiting armedwithourvoices.org. A new digital exhibit is now available on the website, featuring content from the physical exhibit and an interactive poetry experience for online visitors.

Traveling Stanzas community arts projects bring poetry to people’s everyday lives through innovative methods and digital platforms.

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