The second artist is Asa Ana and his Stanza in Blue. What you see in the Gallery window is a part of a permanent art installation and living poem at ArtHouse6 in Johnstown. The installation encourages visitors to sit and contemplate, read poems by local Johnstown poets, who participated in the Poet Laureate of Johnstown project in 2019-2020. The artist asks visitors to write a stanza of a poem and leave it at the table.
Asa’s Art installations can be found around the world. Closer to home is his FLUX, the launching of art events throughout Pittsburgh neighborhoods with the art collective Ground Zero Action Network, now archived at the Heinz History Center. Ana is an advocate and researcher identifying public spaces for artists to perform or present their work. Currently, he is a PhD student studying how art and creativity activates deindustrialized communities. Where better than Johnstown?