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Photo Opportunity - Kent State Design Students, Grade Schoolers Team Up On Project
Akron METRO, PARTA Will Feature Posters On Buses Throughout Summer (05/11/2009)

The Glyphix Design Studio of the School of Visual Communication Design and the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University collaborated on Traveling Stanzas, a project that combines the creative talents of Kent State students with area student writers, grades 3–12, to promote awareness of poetry and graphic design within the community.

Kent State students designed eight posters, each with a different student poem, which will be displayed in Akron METRO and PARTA buses throughout the summer.

“This project came together in just a few weeks and has been a great experience for those involved,” says Valora Renicker, the creative director of Glyphix and assistant professor in the  School of Visual Communication Design. “Senior students who participated in a studio experience /internship course each received a poem to interpret using their individual style of illustration. The design process was a spontaneous response to the poetry, allowing a great deal of creative freedom for the designers.”

David Hassler, program and outreach director of the Wick Poetry Center, gathered and edited poems from area grade school students.

On Monday, May 18, the poets and designers will meet for the first time at a reception  in the new, green METRO transit station in Akron located at 631 S. Broadway St. The poets will read their poems, and the designers will discuss the inspiration for their   graphic interpretations.

“We hope to continue this endeavor in the future as a public service campaign which enhances the daily lives of bus riders and those supporting local businesses,” Renicker says. “There has been a long history of poetry in public transportation. The Poetry in Motion project was started in 1992 in New York City.”

City Bank Antiques of Kent, owned by Karen and Don Barrett; and Family and Community Services, Inc., which sponsors the Arts Alive Program for youth in the Portage County area, donated funds for the project.

Ad space on the Akron METRO buses and the PARTA buses in Portage County was generously provided by the Akron Metropolitan Regional Transit Authority. Digital Color Imaging of Akron printed the posters.

Student poets include: Jia Wei,  third grade, Holden Elementary, Kent; Amil and Amir Stikes Jenkins, ages eight and nine, Skeels Community Center, Ravenna; Campbell Budzar, fourth grade, Holden Elementary, Kent; Susan Louis’ third grade class of 2007, Holden Elementary, Kent; Gavin Van Winkle-Bright, fourth grade, Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Akron; Liz Gross, seventh grade, Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Akron; Ashton Wood, seventh grade, Miller South School for Visual and Performing Arts, Akron; Marcia Skidmore, teacher, Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Akron.

Kent State student designers include seniors Jessica Antol, Jason Bacher, Eric Celedonia, Aimee Crane, Elma Gildenhuys, Kim Hall, Shawn Ritzenthaler and Khou Vu.

To attend the reception, R.SV.P. with the number in your group by noon Friday, May 15, to Renicker at or 330-310-4249.


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