"Bring me all of your dreams, you dreamers" Langston Hughes

Youth Art Gallery, Terminal A-East Baggage Claim
January 10, 2000 - April 30, 2000


The Dream Flag Project was created in 2003 by teachers Jeffrey Harlan, Sandy Crow, and Helen Holt of The Agnes Irwin School in suburban Philadelphia. The project is inspired by the writings of the American poet Langston Hughes and the ancient tradition of Nepalese Buddhist prayer flags. It is believed that when displayed indoors prayer flags increase the spiritual atmosphere; when displayed outdoors, the wind carries their messages throughout the land.

The Dream Flag Project is an annual poetry, art, and community-building project for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Since its inception, students from throughout the United States and 5 foreign countries have created more than 28,000 Dream Flags.

First, students read the poetry of Langston Hughes, particularly his dream poems. Then they create their own dream poems and transfer them onto pieces of 8 ½ by 11-inch cloth. They decorate the cloth using a variety of techniques and attach the Dream Flags to a line like traditional prayer flags. Students connect their Dream Flags within their own school, with other schools at regional events, and on The Dream Flag Project website. Connecting dreams and spreading messages of hope is the project's ultimate goal.