The “Salon des Refuses,” or Exhibition of Rejects, is a venue for community members to meet and share any moment of “poetry”—anything that has made them feel alive, that stuck in their craw, that made them cry, that surprised them in some way.
The word “poetry” shares common roots with the Greek word “poiesis,” which roughly refers to the act of bringing something into creation. To the Ancient Greeks, the idea of poetry was less about the tangible production of an object. Instead, it was meant to refer to any act that created beauty or allowed people to engage with the world. It could be a burst of creativity, inspiration, moment-creating, when something new was brought forth into the world. The world is full of beauty and surprise and it is often found in the smallest and most unexpected places. Having a safe space to share those moments with others builds a sense of community and belonging, fosters self awareness and creativity, and invites a fresh way of experiencing the world.