by Monica Jahan Bose
with Robin Bell and Maps Glover
On View: May 20 – 23, 2021 (front exterior of DC Arts Center)
Outdoor Projections: May 20 – 22nd, 2021 Sundown – 10pm
Poetry Slam: May 22nd, 2021 at 7pm
Bangladeshi-American artist and climate activist Monica Jahan Bose has led the CONCRETE
DREAMS project over the last eight months and will present the culminating
installation outside the DC Arts Center from May 20-23, 2021. CONCRETE DREAMS is a
temporary public art project featuring an installation and livestream of communitysourced
poetry on saris, mini movable sculptures, and projections.
In CONCRETE DREAMS, Bose has collaborated with artist and filmmaker Robin Bell, artist Maps
Glover, and residents of DC and Katakhali Village, Bangladesh, Bose’s ancestral village.
Diverse community members in DC and Bangladesh connected during the pandemic
through safe online and outdoor art and poetry workshops on the theme of the
pandemic and the intersection of climate, racial, gender, and economic injustice.
“Concrete poetry” refers to poetry that is drawn or arranged as a design on the page.
CONCRETE DREAMS uses concrete poetry and printmaking to highlight the dreams and
aspirations of residents of DC and Katakhali towards a sustainable and just future. The
poetry is inscribed on saris, on the building through a light installation, and on small
plaster sculptures in the form of “steles.” The project enhances and merges with the
street energy, night life, and restaurants in Adams Morgan, DC, including the Streatery
program moving restaurants into the street.
In honor of AAPI Heritage month, CONCRETE DREAMS links communities in solidarity
from DC to Asia. CONCRETE DREAMS is funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and
Humanities’ Public Art Building Communities Grant Program. It is part of the ongoing
STORYTELLING WITH SARIS climate justice art project.
Learn more about the project Here
RSVP for full event schedule Here