Art Embraces Words & Poetry Events

2024 Program Dates

ART EMBRACES WORDS | Select Saturdays, 2:00 - 3:30 pm | Arts & Science Room at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA 94549.

  • May 18th
  • August 24th
  • October 26th | Halloween Costume Fun

A reception immediately follows in the adjacent Library Courtyard. Media table provided for writers, artists, and information of interest to the literary and artistic community. Book sales are encouraged. The free Library parking lot closes at 5:00 pm.


ART EMBRACES POETRY | Select Saturdays, 1:30-3:30 pm | Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street, Lafayette, CA 94549

  • February 24th | Celebrating Black History
  • April 6th | National Poetry Month
  • July 20th


Apply as an emerging Writer, Poet, or Artist...

To apply as an emerging Writer for Art Embraces Words or Poet for Art Embraces Poetry please access our online application below. Note: the term writer in the application refers to a writer for Art Embraces Words or a poet for Art Embraces Poetry.

To apply as an emerging Artist presenter please fill out our online application form here:

To contact the organizers of the program email or call 925-359-9940.

Art Embraces Words

Writers paint images with words. Artists tell stories with color. Together they enrich our community.

The LAC 2024 Art Embraces Words season is made possible by a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Lafayette. Programs are scheduled on Saturday afternoons with readings and art exhibits from 2:00 - 3:30 pm followed by a reception. We feature local emerging writers and artists with occasional presenters from out of state or out of the country. Original art is exhibited on three walls of the room to set the creative tone and all presenters speak from a podium with a mic. To learn more about Art Embraces Poetry scroll down.

We alternate between emerging writer and artist presenters, as announced by Co-chair and Emcee Linda Hartmann of the California Writers Club, Mt. Diablo Branch. Lamorinda Arts Council Board President Sue Farmer keeps us on track throughout the program. Each presenter speaks for approximately 10 minutes followed by a short audience Q&A. A reception with light refreshments follows outdoors in the adjacent Library Courtyard. 

To view YouTube videos from previous Art Embraces Words programs click HERE.


Art Embraces Poetry 2023 Recap

The Lamorinda Arts Council presents Art Embraces Poetry, its newest free program as part of the experimental “Art Embraces” genre. In 2022 we collaborated with members of the talented classical music Ensemble ARI by hosting an Art Embraces Music event in the Lafayette Community Hall. To our delight, virtually every seat was taken as world-class musicians filled the space with classical music while ’embraced’ by original art on the stage. This experience emboldened us to create a poetry reading program combined with original local art. The Lamorinda Arts Council is grateful to the Community Foundation of Lafayette for supporting this program with a generous grant.