Trinidad is very lucky to have met
a new artist and friend through the
Kinship with Rivers project.
“Through art and poetry, Trinidad joined the Kinship of Rivers to spread friendship throughout the world,” quotes Chronicle News Art Correspondent Cynthia Berresse Ploski who joined hundreds of local participants of the two-day Voices literary event. TSJC professor of creative writing John Casquarelli and poet Kate Kingston brought multi-talented poet, artist, educator, and visionary Wang Ping of Minneapolis to Trinidad where she led flag-painting workshops at Gallery Main, an Open Mic Poetry evening at the Famous, and was keynote speaker at the culminating event at the college.
Having always lived by rivers, most especially the Yangtze in Shanghai and the Hudson in New York City, Ms Ping sees the rivers of the world as members of a great family linking together the peoples of the world. She created The Kinship of Rivers project in 2011 and has been traveling from Tibet to all areas of the world since, gathering handmade “Tibetan prayer flags” that are hung across rivers. “And so it came to be that on the shores of Trinidad Lake, as a high point of the Voices event, frisky winds and sparkling sunshine danced with lines of flags from all over the world, together with the flags decorated by Trinidad grownups and schoolchildren.”
In Ping’s own words, “This is the perfect means to unite everyone and transform people and bring out joy and harmony and to bring out the good spirits and the good will of people.”