Poet Mimi Allen has spent the last few months living in a yurt as the Poet In Residence at Tent City, one of Seattle’s migratory homeless encampments. The folks over at Tether Design Gallery volunteered their gallery space for an exhibit based on the experience, and features work artists both inside and outside of tent city. The opening is happening tomorrow night as part of the Pioneer Square art walk, and this is an event that is well worth going to. Here’s more info from Mimi:
Residue from SONG OF TENT CITY, the self-designed poetry residency I began on 27 November at Tent City 3, will be installed at Tether Design Gallery in January 2011. Show opens 6PM Thursday 6 January. Includes installation, artifact, audio and live interaction during the opening. Get an idea of what it’s like to live at Tent City. Sit inside the mini yurt I’ve been living in. Read poetry and handwritten journal entries written by homeless people living in Seattle. Listen to audio clips from artist collaborations between Seattle artists and Tent City artists. Seattle artists include Lyn Coffin, Josie Elizabeth Davis, Vanessa DeWolf, Ann Sloper and Sam Trout. All audio recorded and edited by Christopher Wilson. Artists, on both sides of the fence, donated their efforts. All funds collected at the show will go to the Tent City. Show runs until Thursday 20 January. This project received loving support from SPROUT! Read more about my experiences at: http://songoftentcity.blogspot.com/.