Posted byat 4th May, 2011
“If politicians want to defund the National Endowment for the Arts, it may be because they are afraid of the power of art. If they are afraid of the power of art, it’s because they recognize the potency of the poet’s words. And if politicians are indeed unnerved by the potency of the poet, then they should indeed be intimidated by Poetic People Power, and the political feats it accomplishes outside the realm of politicians. Each spring, some of the fiercest poets are united in New York City to tackle thorny topics–universal health care, voting, democracy–with the power of the spoken word. With wit and fearlessness, they have systematically challenged the status quo, creating a ripple effect over the last nine years.
Tara Bracco, the founder and producer of Poetic People Power, has a cool demeanor that belies her indestructible energy. She created Poetic People Power–often referred to as P3–in 2003 as “the project I wish existed when I got out of college.” Each year’s show is curated around a single topic. The theme is no accident; each year P3 strives to settle on a timely issue. As Tara says, “We have a track record of choosing topics that help our audience understand what they are hearing or reading about in the media.” Her dual identities as writer and producer feed each other and fuel her mission to unveil deeply seated thought patterns and educate a hungry public through art. This mission is evident in all manifestations of her work. In addition to her accomplishments as a poet, Tara is also a founder of the Project Solution, a nonprofit which aims to fund several small-scale projects every year, as part of a solution to global problems and to make a tangible difference for a group of people somewhere in the world. Though these two organizations might seem quite different, they both point in the same direction: helping people to envision the world through a different lens and offering them a way to take action and make a difference. They are two sides of her identity, as artist and activist.
Poetic People Power’s ninth annual show, The Revolution Will Be… is May 25 at 7 pm at Nuyorican Poet’s Café located at 236 East 3rd Street (between Avenues B & C). Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.nuyorican.org. For further info: www.poeticpeoplepower.com