UNESCO World Poetry Day celebrated in Everglades
Contact: General Park Information, 305-242-7700
Contact: Media Contact Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Contact: Program Contact Kevin Bowles Mohr, 305-242-7752
To commemorate UNESCO's World Poetry Day, visitors will encounter Everglades-inspired poetry throughout Everglades National Park on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Forty-one brightly-colored banners, capturing the voices of the Everglades through the words and rhythms of Artist-in-Residence-in-Everglades (AIRIE) poets, will be displayed on trails and at visitor centers. World Poetry Day is an invitation to reflect on the power of language and support linguistic diversity through poetic expression.
"In a park known for its spectacular and diverse wildlife, the art and voices of AIRIE artists reveal other unique, and oftentimes missed, dimensions of this special place," said Dan Kimball, Superintendent of Everglades National Park. The poetry will share the symphony of the Everglades through the words of AIRIE poets and provide residents and visitors the opportunity to better enjoy and understand the Everglades.
About AIRIE - The Artist-in-Residence-in-Everglades Program allows artists to become immersed in the Everglades wilderness and find inspiration for their art. For more information on the Artist-in-Residence-in-Everglades (AIRIE) Program, visit www.airie.org or call 305-242-7752.
Did You Know?
Around 15 federally threatened and endangered species reside within the boundaries of Everglades National Park. Sea turtles, crocodiles, and West Indian Manatees (pictured left) are but a few of these.