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Speak Up, Speak Out: Ekphrastic Poetry Day

April 21, 2018 10:30 to 16:30

Ekphrastic poetry brings art to life through words. Experience how poets reimagine artwork with words in honor of National Poetry Month.

FREE and open to all

Finding the Poem in the Picture
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
In partnership with Lake Erie Ink
Let art be your inspiration and join Lake Erie Ink on a poetic journey through the museum. Participants will learn to find inspiration in an artwork and write an ekphrastic poem. For ages 8-15. Register at

Ekphrastic Poetry Open Mic
1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
In partnership with Literary Cleveland
Have you ever created a poem inspired by a work of art on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art? Perform your original poem or drop in to listen. All are welcome! For ages 16 and older.

Ekphrastic Poetry Invitational
3:00 p.m.-5:00p.m.
In partnership with Twelve Literary Arts Inc
Experience the museum through a series of in-gallery performances from poets we have invited to reimagine art through words: Ali McClain, Damien McClendon, Ephraim Nehemiah, Kisha Nicole Foster, Mary E. Weems, Michelle R. Smith, Phil Metres and Raja Freeman. For ages 16 and older.

Friday 4/20
78th Street Studios Third Friday Art Walk

Saturday 4/21

Sunday 4/22
Rick Astley

Monday 4/23
Indigo Girls

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