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Loveland Museum/Gallery

By Jenni Dobson

City of Loveland

April is National Poetry Month, and the Loveland Museum/Gallery invites the community to see, hear, and celebrate poetry in all forms with the month-long Poetry Ahead Celebration. Festivities include a kick-off celebration at the Museum, additions to the Poetry Phone Booth, Poetry inspired by Rocky Mountain National Park, and additional poetry events at Artworks Loveland, The Promenade Shops at Centerra, and the Loveland Public Library. All events are free of charge and open to the public.

Poetry Ahead Celebration and Favorite Poem Celebration (April 10)

Poetry Ahead festivities begin with the Poetry Ahead Celebration on Friday, April 10 from 6 - 8 pm at the Loveland Museum/Gallery. This free event is open to individuals of all ages and includes poetry, food, and live music. Included in the evening program is the Favorite Poem Celebration, which is open to all attendees. Those interested in participating should bring a copy of their favorite published poem (anything from Dr. Seuss to Dr. William Carlos Williams) on a sheet of 8 ½ x 11 inch paper. All submissions will become part of a bound volume of Loveland’s favorite poems. This unique, one-of-a-kind book will remain at the Museum for individuals to leaf through.

Poetry Inspired by Rocky Mountain National Park (April 23)

A second event, Poetry Inspired by Rocky Mountain National Park, will take place on Thursday, April 23 from 5:30 – 7 pm at the Museum and celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the founding of Rocky Mountain National Park. Veronica Patterson and other local poets will read poems about Rocky Mountain National Park amidst an exhibit showcasing photos of Longs Peak and Rocky Mountain National Park. Several of the poems included in the evening’s readings were written by poets that took part in the Artist-In-Residence Program at Rocky Mountain National Park. The exhibit features photos from the personal collection of Harold Dunning, the founder of the Loveland Museum/Gallery.

Poetry Phone Booth (April 1 - 30)

The Museum’s beloved Poetry Phone Booth will receive an update on April 1 and will feature new poems about Rocky Mountain National Park. This free exhibit is located in the Museum’s History Gallery and is open to the public during regular Museum hours.

Additional events included in the Poetry Ahead Celebration:

April 7, 1 – 2:30 pm: The Imagination Machine at the Loveland Public Library. Take a journey inside your own unique imagination in this poetry workshop for young writers. Contact the Library for more information at (970) 962-2587.

April 8, 3 – 5 pm: Guerilla Poetry for Teens workshop at the Loveland Public Library. For ages 11-18, registration required. Contact the Library for more information at (970) 962-2548.

April 17, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Artworks Loveland. Come see and hear how images in works of art inspire poems and how those poems, in turn, inspire new works of art. For more information, contact Artworks Loveland at (970) 663-5555

April 18, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Poetry Ahead: Accelerate Your Creative Process workshop for adults at Loveland Public Library, registration required, contact the Library for more information at (970) 962-2407.

April 24, 12 – 1 pm, Card Catalog Poetry lunch break workshop for adults at Loveland Public Library. Contact the Library for more information at (970) 962-2407.

Loveland’s Poetry Ahead Celebration is presented by the Loveland Museum/Gallery in coordination with Artworks Loveland, The Promenade Shops at Centerra, and the Loveland Public Library with the support of the Friends of the Loveland Public Library Foundation and the Loveland Chamber of Commerce. For questions about events at each of these locations, please contact the organizations directly, as events may be added at a later date.

  • Artworks Loveland, 310 North Railroad Avenue, (970) 663-5555
  • Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., (970) 962-2410
  • Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams, (970) 962-2665
  • The Promenade Shops at Centerra, 5971 Sky Pond Drive, (970) 461-1285

 For questions related to Poetry Ahead events at the Loveland Museum/Gallery as well as other programs at the Museum, contact the Museum at (970) 962-2410 or visit www.lovelandmuseumgallery.org.

About The Loveland Museum/Gallery

The Loveland Museum/Gallery is an accredited art and history museum that was founded in 1937 by local author, collector, curator, and mountain guide Harold Dunning. Dunning began collecting pioneer artifacts and stories as early as 1919, and today, the Loveland Museum/Gallery is home to a variety of history exhibits, hosts world-class art exhibitions, and provides family events; adult and youth classes; lectures; poetry readings; and other programming opportunities for the Loveland community and visitors from around the world.

The Loveland Museum/Gallery is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Thursdays 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; Saturdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Sundays 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm; Closed Mondays. For more information, please call the Loveland Museum/Gallery at 970-962-2410. The Loveland Museum/Gallery is located at 503 N Lincoln Avenue, the corner of 5th and Lincoln, in Loveland, Colorado. www.lovelandmuseumgallery.org.