Sidewalk Poetry Program

The City of Appleton’s Department of Public Works is engaging in a new and exciting venture. The idea (created by Saint Paul’s City Artist in Residence, Marcus Young) is to transform the city’s sidewalks into an open poetry book. By using our current sidewalk maintenance program and stamping poems into sidewalk squares throughout the city, we can create everyday moments of open-air reading for our residents!

Next year (2014) will be the pilot project for this program. Sidewalk poetry will only be installed in sidewalks on city-owned property (adjacent to parks, city-owned buildings, etc.). In future years, the goal is to grow the program to include sidewalks in neighborhoods throughout the city.

The Sidewalk Poetry Committee will be responsible for soliciting original poetry from Appleton residents and will select up to five poems per year for the city to install as part of the annual Sidewalk Poetry Program. Poems must be submitted by February 1 of each year to paula.vandehey@appleton.org. Selected poems will be announced by March 1 of each year to be included in the program.

Additional information about the program may be found below or by visiting the Department of Public Works webpage.

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