Photo and Article credit: Kristi Crutchfield Cox, with contribution and collaboration with Pat Weaver-Meyers, for article content Recently, I was talking with a friend, who had mentioned that, as part of their intro of welcoming people to the community, they often have to address a series of questions regarding everyday living here. Folks today are [...]

Photo and Article credit: Kristi Crutchfield Cox, with contribution and collaboration with Pat Weaver-Meyers, for article content

Recently, I was talking with a friend, who had mentioned that, as part of their intro of welcoming people to the community, they often have to address a series of questions regarding everyday living here. Folks today are much more interested in the accessibility of community sponsored landscape beauty, arts scattered throughout neighborhoods and travel ways, bike and walking routes through town  and diverse offerings in eateries often cited along with unique and aesthetically beautiful downtown main streets.

Art, music, and evening events for individual and family enrichment are high on the list of what new residents and many long time community arts patrons are asking for, and    local groups are collaborating to bring big city cultural movements and events to our community.

Kicking off the spring time resume of my blog, I bring you a walk in the rain, welcoming the April showers and Earth Day that make Ardmore gardeners smile with delight. Pairing up for this project, The Goddard Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Ardmore Public Library and Champion Public Library-Ardmore, a branch of Southern Oklahoma Library System, are decorating sidewalks around our town for a visual delight when rains come down. The theme of this first, Raining Poetry Project! was a combination of efforts of these arts and writing advocates, along with the  prose of Murray State College/Ardmore Campus creative writing students and local poets Janita Black, Tamra Craft, Ashlee Watson, and Mary Albin.

Ardmore Public Library Director, Daniel Gibbs observed that, “Ardmore has some remarkably talented writers and poets. It's our intent to share their creativity with the community, and stimulate other writers. We hope to make this an annual contest.”

Special thanks to:

Sharon Burris, Assoc. Prof.,  Language Arts Dept., TRIBAL Faculty Sponsor, Murray State College/Ardmore Campus (also a beautifully talented visual artist).

Daniel Gibbs, Ardmore Public Library Director

Lynn McIntosh, Executive Director, Southern Oklahoma Library System

Pat Weaver-Meyers, Author of, “The Habitant.” (P.L. Weaver), Goddard Center Board President

Poetry contributed were considered by a panel of local writers and librarians, who searched for the best of Earth Day themed poetry. Stencils, created by Pat Weaver, are taped down to cement in front of key locations…hint hint, sidewalks in front of the sponsoring partners are where the words hide. A sprayed solution is sparingly and carefully sprayed to provide an even coat, which sets for a bit before water can be applied. Then…add rain. And like Harry Potter's world of magic, a message to Mother Earth and humanity appears.

So this weekend, take a walk, visit downtown events, and create an experience for your family and yourself, right here, in our hometown.

Pics Follow this Article; Additional update when it rains!