Words Meet Art – Winter/Spring 2023

Words Meet Art, an outreach program of the Ames Writers Collective, is a literary arts event demonstrating through words how art, used as a writing prompt, can invoke feelings, trigger memories, and inspire conversations across divides and demographics. For inspiration, writers will interact with the Harriet Bart exhibition at the Christian Petersen Art Museum to compose and publicly read poems, flash fiction or creative nonfiction, and/or perform monologues or music.

For this first session of Words Meet Art, participants will receive a guided tour of Harriet Bart: Material Alchemy to educate and inspire creativity led by Sydney Marshall, Curator, University Museums, Iowa State University. An introduction to “writing to writing prompts” will follow, with writing sessions to connect writers to the exhibition. This session will be led by Ana McCracken, founder of the Ames Writers Collective, and/or an Iowa State University MFA in Creative Writing and Environment Program candidate. There are two options for attending Part 1: March 30 from 6pm to 8:30pm , and April 1 from 10am to 12:30pm.

Participants may bring their own drink and snacks for breaks. Refreshments are not provided. These events are free, but registration is required.

Words Meet Art, Part 1 – March 30
Words Meet Art, Part 1 – April 1

Then, on April 2 from 2pm to 4pm writers will come together for Words Meet Art, Part 2.

The writers who participated in Words Meet Art Part 1 will present their flash fiction, poems, creative nonfiction, a monologue, and/or perform music in response to the exhibition Harriet Bart: Material Alchemy in the Christian Petersen Art Museum.

Registration is not required to attend Part 2/the reading. Writers participating in the reading will sign up during Part 1.