The Stand Welcomes Syracuse Poster Project

The Stand welcomed Ricky Maeweather, Alexandra Hitzler, Seneca Wilson, Carey On, Ruthnie Angrand and Michael Gaut to the second offering of The Syracuse Poster Project’s Haiku Workshop for the South Side March 3, 2012 at the South Side Communication

Herm Card

The session was led again by Herm Card, a volunteer at the Syracuse Poster Project. It was held to encourage residents to get involved with The Poster Project, an organization that combines poetry with art. Each summer, the project solicits the three-line form of poetry to illuminate different sides of the city. Student artists from Syracuse University then draw a depiction that corresponds to the haiku. Posters are then made and displayed downtown.

Card says the haiku is a necessary form of poetry because it shows students how to get to the point of what they are trying to express.

“You have all these thoughts and ideas, but if you can condense it down to that little bit, then you’ve said what you need to say.”

During the two-hour workshop, attendees were given the opportunity to create their own haikus. At the end of the session, attendees read their writing aloud and were given certificates for completion of their work.

Up next, the Syracuse Poster Project will unveil its 11th annual poster series at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the atrium at City Hall Commons, 201 E. Washington St., Syracuse. Each of these 16 posters features an illustrated poem about the downtown, city, or surrounding countryside. The unveiling gathers the artists and poets, friends of public art, and the larger community. Also, Better Than Bowling, a five-member band, will perform for the event. For more information, call 424-8099 or visit




Some of the workshop attendees listen to instructor Herm Card begin the workshop on writing haikus. The workshop was hosted by The Stand March 3, 2012 at the South Side Communication Center. -- Photo by Candace Dunkley