SCOSaG Students Collaborate with Poetry Scores

In the second collaboration for SCOSaG and Poetry Scores, students attending SCOSaG’s School Daze camp drew beetles, roaches, flies, and slugs in an interpretation of lines from the poem “Ever-Ready Bank Accounts” by Wole Soyinka.

Poetry Scores in a non-profit with a mission to interpret poetry into other media. They are hosting a semi-annual Art Invitational on May 18th, 2012, at Mad Art Gallery, and SCOSaG students were invited to participate in an ongoing collaboration. For the art invitational, fifty professional artists will make new work in response to Professor Soyinka’s poem and title their work using a verbatim quote from it. The work will then hang the art in the gallery according to where in the flow of the poem the quote used as the title appears- along with that of SCOSaG students!

The art invitational to Ever-Ready Bank Accounts is scheduled for 7-10 p.m. Friday, May 18 at Mad Art Gallery. 2727 So. 12th St. in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri.

Preview work by SCOSaG students above, and check out these links for more information:

We like to involve children, because they are exciting to work with and famously adventurous as artists. We partner with SCOSAG, where I recently drew for an hour with a dozen children. I wrote phrases from the poem on the board, talked the kids through what the phrases meant, and then they drew whatever they wanted to draw.

I really wasn’t sure how it was going to go with all the “bugs as food” stuff. But the children surprised me, as children typically do. No one acted totally grossed out, and everyone got the idea right away. I talked about hunger and starvation, very briefly, and said, “Would you eat a cockroach, or starve?”

“Eat a cockroach!” they all said decisively.

“Would you eat a slug, or starve?”

Everybody: “Eat a slug!”

“Would you eat a beetle, or starve?”

Everybody: “Eat a beetle!”