The People’s Grand Opera is a collaborative community-sourced singing project featuring the timeless wisdom of American poet Walt Whitman, original songs by founder/director Sara Edwards, and a variety of musical collaborators including Sari Breznau and Jose Bold. The Art Director of The People’s Grand Opera is the artist Nko. The singers are members of the public. Its first project, The Public Road, was presented at On the Boards as part of the Northwest New Works Festival in 2012. The project seeks to create site-specific, original choral performances, existing at the nexus of poetry and performance, co-authored by the community and featuring their individual and collective voices.