Poster Image

Driving Down Park Street


Item#: 2018SYR13

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11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

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Driving Down Park Street

poster information


Driving down Park Street
Refugees resettling
Cultural medley

I'm a retired English as a Second Language, or English as a New Language, elementary school teacher, so I am very aware about the situation with refugees. As I'm driving down Park Street on the north side of Syracuse, I see people with colorful clothing like I remember from teaching—it looks very beautiful, like a medley, but underneath it all, it's very difficult for them. They have to learn English. Within three months they must find a job, because they are no longer funded. Most have come from war-torn countries hoping for a better life here, but they also face many challenges here. Despite the hardship, they adjust and they learn, and they're truly the most wonderful and productive people. That's my inspiration.

I have been tutoring refugee children in the Syracuse Community since my sophomore year at Syracuse University. I've had so much fun spending time with the kids, who are so wonderful and full of life. My personal experience is what drew me to the haiku I selected. I wanted my piece to be bright, happy, and cheerful, which is why I used playful colors in my screen-print. I wanted to depict the joy in finding a new home where you can feel happy and safe.

I enjoy using line over value within my work. This haiku allowed me to make line drawings of buildings and portraits.