Among the abundant blossoms and greenery that adorn Chapel Hill, a few hidden messages can be found if you know where to look. Parallel to the welcoming of spring, Floraffiti returns for its fifth year of celebrating literary and ornamental beauty. This year, groups from around the community such as Boomerang, Youth Community Project, teens from the Home School Community, Orange County High Schools, and the Adults of the NC Art Therapy Institute’s Art and Peer Support Group, worked together to produce meaningful poetry, complimented by accompanying words which have been planted into the ground around downtown Chapel Hill.
For the first time, spoken word performance has been incorporated into the project (see below for schedule). As Floraffiti founder and artist Carter Hubbard says, “Floraffiti provides a new way of exploring how to communicate and work together, something that can be challenging at any age … I have seen Floraffiti bring people together in conversation and connection by sharing their ideas and life experiences, when it might not happen otherwise.”
While there are various rewards that come from this project, Carter raves about the participants’ newfound relationships over the last three months.
“It’s great to see the teens that may not know each other work together to help each other in planting and performing,” says Carter. “They start having conversations debating what needs to be done and how; other times laughter erupts and in both cases they are getting to know each other. Witnessing the rapport that forms among the group as they work together is encouraging as we all navigate communicating in this world. Allowing the space to express what is important to each one of us, notice our impact upon the world around us, and feeling like we belong is fundamental.”
See how many words you can spot all over downtown for as long as they’re blooming. And check out the 2nd Friday Artwalk from 6-9 pm on April 14 to help these local artists celebrate the power of poetry.
6 pm: Open Eye Cafe: “Idea”
6:15 pm: Carrboro Town raised planter at triangle intersection of Weaver and Main Streets: “Hold On”
6:30 pm: Near the 300 East Main Parking Deck and exit area onto Main St in Carrboro: “Together We Grow”, “Sin Final”, “Siempre”, “Amor”, “Resistant!”, “Imagine”
7:30 pm: At the Public Parking lot at 415 West Franklin Street and across the street from that location: “Discover”, “One”, “Breathe”, “Hope”, “Resilience”