IWC inaugurated its new office on May 31, 2014 by participating in the Downtown Hammond Art Walk. During the event, IWC hosted member readings every hour. It also offered the public an opportunity to create a found poem and make a haiku bookmark.
Located in the Hammond Innovation Center at 5209 Hohman Avenue, the new facilities provide IWC with a dedicated office and three shared event spaces: a small conference room, a lobby area, and a seminar room. Although the event spaces are available for use by all Innovation Center tenants, IWC can reserve them. Here are pictures of the office and event spaces.
IWC used two of the event spaces this past Saturday for the Hammond Downtown Art Walk. The conference room played host to the ongoing activities, and the lobby stairs became a stage for readings of original material by IWC members Yusuf Ali El, Kayla Greenwell, Janine Harrison, Karen Kulinski, Julie Larson, Michael Poore, and Gordon Stamper, Jr.
What did they read? There isn’t enough blog space to cover everyone, but here are two examples.
Yusuf Ali El read adult poetry and motivational prose and sang a verse from a children’s poem, part of which tied into the Double Dutch jump rope rhyme, “Little Sally Walker.” Yusuf also told the audience that they should feel free to write about whatever moves them and let the universe pass through them onto the paper.
Karen Kulinski read the beginning of Rescuing Ivy, a middle grade novel about a girl out to prove that Ivy the elephant is not a murderer. Karen also engaged the audience in an interesting discussion about her extensive research on elephants. Rescuing Ivy is due out in 2015 from High Hill Press.
The following pictures show two other readers using the staircase as a stage.
|Gordon Stamper, Jr.|
It was perfect walking weather, and IWC contributed to the participant’s outdoor enjoyment. The final two pictures show quotes decorating the sidewalk in front of the office.
We look forward to hosting many more events at our new facilities.