Language of Conservation
Language of Conservation is a collaborative project between libraries, zoos, and poets nationwide to replicate a project done at the Central Park Zoo (2008), in which careful curation, design, and installation of poetry throughout the zoo enhanced visitor thinking about wildlife conservation. This national model has been replicated and launched at five zoos this spring - Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (FL), Brookfield Zoo (IL), Little Rock Zoo (AR), Milwaukee County Zoo (WI), and the Audubon Zoo (LA). By replicating the model in these five unique cities, it will demonstrate the far-reaching potential of poetry and museums for creating a shared language with visitors that explores new ways of thinking about exhibit themes and about poetry.
The poetry installed throughout the Zoo was made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and sponsored by Poets House in New York City (http://poetshouse.org/librarieszoos.htm). Poetry selections have been curated by Alison Hawthorne Deming (http://www.alisonhawthornedeming.com/), Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English at the University of Arizona. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in partnership with the Jacksonville Public Library (http://www.jaxpubliclibrary.org) extends its deepest appreciation to Alison Hawthorne-Deming and the staff and poets at Poets House for all their support and guidance in this project.