Literary Art Project Depicting Neighborhood Togetherness Through Poetry + Visual Art
Love Lunes Over Buckeye is a mural installation located in Cleveland’s Buckeye neighborhood that combines poetry with West African Adinkra symbology. In 2015 and 2016, Buckeye-resident and spoken-word poet Damien Ware teamed up with graphic design firm Little Jacket and sign painting artist Alan Giberson to create a series of hand painted panels along the former Moreland Theatre and building adjacent to E119th Street and Buckeye Road.
Damien conducted a series of poetry workshops with John Adams High School students and community members in order to gather neighborhood-inspired stories and imagery in the form of “Lune” poetry, an American poetic form modeled after Haiku. The resulting poetry conveys a message of love, hope, and inspiration through neighborhood togetherness.
The Love Lunes Over Buckeye project not only strived to cultivate a culture of communal sharing, but encouraged reading and writing as a means of empowering the voice, thoughts and ideas of the community. This project emphasizes the importance of literacy, by encouraging all participants to tell their story through written and spoken word.