2016 Poetic Address to the Nation
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The People’s State of the Union is an invitation to supplement the President’s stories with our own, together hosting a national conversation in our own homes, schools, houses of worship, and community organizations. Organized by the US Department of Arts and Culture.
Between January 23-31, 2016, more than 100 communities across the U.S. gathered to share stories about the state of our union and uploaded them to an online Story Portal. Their stories inspired a diverse group of poets to create The Poetic Address to the Nation, a poem for the page and the stage to be performed live in Philadelphia and livestreamed by PhillyCAM in conjunction with FreeSpeechTV.