Floraffiti, a community engagement and placemaking project, is returning to Carrboro and Chapel Hill this spring.
The Floraffiti program will focus on environmental justice (EJ), a movement of environmental concern and activism. The adverse consequences of climate change and its environmental crises will be explored in upcoming poetry workshops. Workshops will address social-political challenges and inequities that are exacerbated by the climate crisis.
Carter Hubbard, Floraffiti founder, teams up with Carrboro Poet Laureate Liza Wolff-Francis and Chapel Hill Poet Laureate Cortland Gilliam. Floraffiti will combine eco-social engagement through poetry workshops. It will share the community members’ words by planting them in the ground to grow with the intent to inform and educate.
Whether you're an experienced poet or just starting out, these free workshops are open to all skill levels for teens and adults.
The poetry created by each workshop participant will be recorded and uploaded to a QR code. As you discover the growing words in Carrboro and Chapel Hill that Floragardeners have planted, there will be a sign at each site with the QR code to scan with your phone’s camera to be able to listen to their poem. Each site contains a different word and a poem that is unique to that word.
The public is invited to volunteer with Carter Hubbard and poetry workshop participants in planting the seeds of Floraffiti in an atmosphere of welcoming and inclusive community engagement, supporting conversation, interaction, and a positive relationship-building experience. There are two opportunities to plant this year. All tools, gloves, and materials will be supplied for ages 13 and up.
Various Carrboro locations
Various Chapel Hill locations
Floraffiti seeks to:
- Amplify community voices and deepen belonging, embodying the climate of local stories.
- Create a safe space to learn, be seen and heard, and foster creative expression.
- Inspire dialog in a novel way that expands and strengthens vital relationships.
For more info, visit Floraffiti.com.
This project is supported by:
- The ArtsCenter
- Carrboro Arts Committee
- Carrboro Tourism & Development Authority
- Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership
- Strowd Roses Foundation
- Visit Chapel Hill & Orange County, NC