Dream Flag Festival
About the Dream Flag Project
Inspired by the poetry of Langston Hughes and the tradition of Nepalese Buddhist prayer flags, The Dream Flag Project® is an annual poetry/art/community-connection project for students in Kindergarten to twelfth grade. Since the project started it in the spring of 2003, it has spread to more than one hundred schools in Pennsylvania and beyond—from Portland to Palm Beach. And it’s still spreading. To date, more than 40,000 Dream Flags have been created by students in 34 states of the U.S. and by students in Canada, Australia, Honduras, China, Japan, Costa Rica, Nepal, Rwanda, Kenya, and South Africa.
To participate in the project, teachers register at the Dream Flags web site. There is no fee. Students first read poetry of Langston Hughes, particularly his dream poems. Then they create their own dream poems and transfer them onto pieces of 8 ½ by 11 in. cloth. They decorate the cloth in all sorts of ways, and finally attach the Dream Flags to a line—just like the prayer flags. The result is a visual line of color and hope that gets displayed in the school or in other public places.
Students then continue to connect their Dream Flag Lines (and their hopes) in schools, at regional events, and on the website. At a culminating regional poetry festival, the Dream Flag Project Celebration, students and schools share their poems and connect thousands of Dream Flags. The National Constitution Center has hosted this event since 2013. Area schools send representative poets, and all schools are invited to send poems to be read and flags to be displayed. Connecting the dreams is what it’s all about.
The 2017 Dream Flag Project Celebration on Saturday, May 13, 10-12:30, at the National Constitution Center.
Find out what's captured the hearts of 100,000 children in 42 states of the USA and in 27 other countries!
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