“Rainku” Rain Poems in Downtown Vancouver

Thanks to the generous support of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington—along with additional funding from Arts of Clark County and Realvest Corporation—poetry will come alive on downtown Vancouver sidewalks.  To celebrate April as National Poetry Month, Vancouver’s Downtown Association and Clark County Poet Laureate Christopher Luna are partnering for a unique public art project where haiku and short poems about the downtown Vancouver experience will be put on sidewalks using a special paint which will only be visible in the rain. The poems will last for two to four months before wearing off naturally. All in all, you’ll be able see 24 poems by 17 local poets. (Want to know where they are? Simply download this walking map!)

The Rainku project will launch with a free public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on First Friday, April 7, in the Community Room at Pacific Continental Bank (101 E. 6th St.). RSVP to linda.reid@therightbank.com if you’d like to attend. If you can’t attend the reception on April 7, no worries—a second event celebrating Vancouver’s street poems, the Rainku Poetry Crawl, will be held on April 29. To learn more, visit the Downtown Vancouver Rainku Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dtVANrainku/.

Vancouver’s Downtown Association is a 501©3 nonprofit that is focused on sharing the story and vibrancy of Vancouver’s rapidly-changing city center. It works with property owners, visitors, business owners, and others to knit together downtown’s unique options and welcoming feel. Learn more at vdausa.org or by contacting VDA’s executive director, Lee Rafferty, at 360-258-1129.

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