One of the reasons behind
the founding of Red Poppy is the belief that there can never be enough non-profitsall
working together and not competingthat there can never be enough positive
projects working on the grassroots level in Latin America or the world.
Words are incredible, but words must lead to action, direct action. We will focus on using art and literature to enrich, empower, and engage, enabling progressive social change.
Current projects include two illustrated books for children and young adults, one with some of Neruda's Book of Questions, the other will several of his odes, hoping to inspire the power and creativity of poetry in youth.
We are in the process of developing a collaboration with a collective printmaking studio in Pablo’s old barrio in Santiago, and with casagrande, a group of activist young Chilean poets. Besides producing a dynamic journal in both paper and hyper editions, “neither bought or sold,” they carry on amazing public political activities with poetry.
Before America's 9/11, there was another one in Santiago, Chile when the dictator Augusto Pinochet bombed the Presidential Palace on September 11, 1973 to remove the democratically elected President Salvador Allende. As a counter reaction to the bombing, Casagrande, which was born during Pinochet’s 17-year regime, rented a helicopter and dropped 100,000 poetry leaflets on the Presidential Palace on March 23, 2001. The group followed with similar poetry bombings in Dubrovnik, Croatia and Guernica, Spain -- both cities bombed in the past during military conflicts. See video below of some of their actions.
In 2004, we partnered with Todd Brown in the initial stages of The Red Poppy Art house in the Mission district of San Francisco. From the Art House's mission statement: "We are dedicated to providing an accessible and intimate
experience of the arts. We are convinced that the joy and power of the arts
lay in the creative process much more than in the creative product. We are
committed to bringing that process into the public light." The art house
hosts interdisciplinary arts events, collaborative exhibitions, classes,
small concerts, and programs for the children of the community. 7x7 SF magazine named the Art House San
Francisco's Best All Around Art Venue, "having established itself as the de facto hub of anything and everything culturally inclined." Visit the Art
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The Poetic Bombing of Guernica by three young Chilean poets:
During Pinochet's dictatorship, a major street in Santiago was renamed Avenida 11 de Septiembre, in "honor" of the day of the coup that killed Neruda's companero Salvador Allende. It happens to intersect with the street named "The Old Guard." The Avenue still retains its name today, for many, reminding them of the darkest day in their country's history. See the young poets of Casagrande in action: