Melanie Pappadis Faranello

Public Art Projects

Poetry on the Streets, LLC

Melanie Faranello is the founder of the acclaimed public art project, Poetry on the Streets (POTS), which she created in 2017. The mission of POTS is to engage communities in creative self-expression, bring people's words to public spaces, and connect through sharing the voices and stories of people from many  walks of life.

She was chosen as a Creative Community Fellow with National Arts Strategies for the 2019 New England Cohort, and named one of "14 community organizers who create equity in the face of inequity," by The Pollination Project. 

Interview with NPR, Where We Live! https://omny.fm/shows/where-we-live/universal-basic-income-might-be-coming-to-hartford?t=38m30s

Interview with NPR, All Things Considered! https://www.wnpr.org/post/hartfords-poetry-bus-moving-piece-public-art

Article in Hartford Business Magazine https://www.hartfordbusiness.com/article/downtown-hartford-retail-space-on-allyn-st-to-launch-art-project

Interview by Greater Hartford Arts Councilhttps://letsgoarts.org/improving-state-of-mind-an-interview-with-poetry-on-the-streets/

Grant from Pollination Project, based in Berkeley, CA: https://thepollinationproject.org/grants-awarded/melanie-faranello-poetry-on-the-streets/

Poetry on Public Murals, Fall 2021

The Poetry Bus, Spring 2021

 Essential Voices from the Pandemic, 2020

Gallery Show: POTS, 2020 

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