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Stuck in Vermont: Storyteller Ferene Paris Meyer inspires a Juneteenth mural

Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 6:57 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Ferene Paris Meyer is celebrating the one-year anniversary of her business All Heart Inspirations, which mixes storytelling and food to build community.

This summer, Ferene is launching All Heart in the Park, a Burlington City Arts storytelling series at City Hall Park on Tuesday evenings. The rain held off during the inaugural event and Ferene spoke about Loving Day and welcomed audience members on stage to share their stories.In the midst of the Derek Chauvin murder trial for the death of George Floyd, Ferene wrote a poem called “I Am From All of Me Is Tired” about her lifetime of experiences as a Black Haitian person and the emotional exhaustion of her BIPOC friends during this time. Artists Tanya Talamante and Cynthia Cagle were inspired by her poem, and a mural collaboration was born.

Seven Days’ Eva Sollberger sat down with Ferene and Cynthia to watch the mural being painted and to hear about their friendship and artistic collaboration.

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