Tomorrow marks the first of seven Poetry and Pottery workshops in the Soda Springs Park Pavilion in Manitou Springs. Our annual collaboration with Wong Works pottery will run from June 14th-July 26th, held every Tuesday from noon to 2:00.

This year, we have a new project lead on the Poetry Heals side. Mentor Lindsay Deen, who has been with Poetry Heals for several years, will be coordinating the writing activities to bring fresh programming to our annual summer event. This means that both new and returning participants can expect to find fun and inspiration at these workshops. As always, the workshops are free and open to all ages and skill levels.

This year, we also plan to hold a special pottery project in collaboration with the local Pollinator Project for the Pollinator Festival June 21-26. For the first two weeks, we will be crafting pollinator watering trays for our bee and butterfly friends. Find out more about the The Pollinator Festival here.

Poetry and Pottery is made possible thanks to generous funding from the Manitou Art, Culture, and Heritage Board, Colorado Creative Industries, the Sheila Fortune Foundation, and the Bee Vradenburg Foundation.

Poetry Heals at the Knights of Columbus Hall at Penrose Library

Poetry Heals has changed the days of our public workshops at Penrose Library downtown from Tuesdays to Fridays to sync up with PPLD’s Community Exchange program. Every Friday, organizations that provide services to individuals experiencing homelessness come to the Knights of Columbus Hall from 1:00 to 4:00 to connect with the community. Collaborating organizations include shelters, healthcare and behavioral healthcare providers, the DMV, and more.

Poetry Heals is proud to participate in this initiative as much of our work already focuses on serving unhoused individuals. We hope that by sharing space with other supporting organizations, we can expand our reach to get more of our workshops to people experiencing homelessness, who really appreciate working with us.

Our workshops at KoC Hall are still free and open to the general public and run nearly every Friday from 2:00 to 4:00. Please check our Facebook events page for details on which dates we are there.

And of course, please donate if you can to support our work!