WritersCorps - Designing Justice + Designing Spaces
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This Place Called Poetry


Client: WritersCorps

Location: San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery

Team: Liz Ogbu, Matthew Toon, Deanna Van Buren, Adrienne Aquino

Status: Completed 2009


WritersCorps is a nonprofit working with underserved youth to teach and enhance their skills in poetry and spoken word. The intention was to celebrate WriterCorps’ 15th anniversary by finding a way to combine poetry and place, as well as display a documentary created by artist and CEO of EF4FC, Katherine Gin, about the students of WritersCorps.


Upon watching the film we conceptualized the place of poetry as an internal one, so our exhibit sought to celebrate this fact by bringing visitors into the psychological “space” of writing. This was done through the creation of a series of environments that relaxed visitors and inspired them to create their own poetry.