Poetry Paths in Penn Square!

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We are thrilled to report that the last Poetry Paths project slated for Lancaster is almost fully installed.  “Bricks and Mortar,” a poem by Barbara Buckman Strasko, can now be found engraved in a river of granite at the corner of King and Queen Streets in downtown Lancaster.  PLEASE JOIN US as the City dedicates the newly renovated Market Square, including the poem in granite, on Friday, September 30 at 12:00 pm. The celebration is free, but the City would appreciate that you register here.

Some of you may remember that this project was begun back in 2009, when the City’s Office of Public Works invited Poetry Paths to commission a poem that would be incorporated into the already existing design for the renovation of Penn Square.  John Hershey, then a member of the renovation design firm Thomas Comitta Associates, proposed that the poem be engraved in the granite “river” — now called “Confluence” — that would flow through the Square.  

In 2010, after a national call for poems, a selection committee of Lancaster residents, writers, and arts professionals chose the poem “Bricks and Mortar” by Lancaster poet and teacher Barbara Buckman Strasko.  Over two hundred residents of the city, by publicly commenting on the four poems named as finalists at displays throughout downtown Lancaster, had helped the committee make its choice.    

We thank everyone who has brought this project to fruition, including our advisors and donors, the poet and site designers, the construction team, the City of Lancaster, and all of the people who have participated in and supported Poetry Paths over the years!

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Poetry Paths at Lancaster’s Fall Art Walk

Poetry Paths will be handing out lots of goodies, including fun poetry booklets for kids, Poetry Paths journals, guides to the sites and other swag during this year’s Fall Art Walk, October 3-4.  Look for us under the portico at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-4!

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Poetry Paths at Water Street Mission

WaterStreetMissionWe’re thrilled to announce that the latest Poetry Paths artwork, a mural by Jared Bader, has just been installed at Water Street Ministries.  Here is the link to the article about the mural in LNP.

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Poetry Paths in the Schools Kids Poetry Journal

 

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Snow in the City
By Migma Sherpa, Fulton Elementary School, Grade 5

Every day I see many things
in the city: buildings, parks
and schools, cars and bikes.

I see some Nepali food and
fruit in the stores here, too.
It makes me happy to see that.

Today I see people outside playing
in the white snow. They are
throwing snowballs at each other.

Before, I never knew it could
be snowing here. We had no
snow in my country. It is as cold,
white, and pretty as I thought.

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2014 marks the fifth year that we have worked with Barbara Buckman Strasko, our Poet in the Schools, to offer excellent poetry writing workshops annually to about 250 public elementary and middle school students. In preparation for the workshops, we also sponsor experiences for the students that give them a new and deeper appreciation of their neighborhoods and provide inspiration for their poems.

At the end of each program year, we publish a journal of the kids’ poetry and host a large public reading of their work for teachers, principals, students, families, neighbors and friends. The reading by our young poets from Washington, Fulton, and Ross Elementary Schools and Reynolds Middle School was held on Thursday, May 1 at the Roschel Performing Arts Center at Franklin & Marshall College and each student received a copy of the journal.

Poetry Paths in the Schools is made possible by the generous support of the following foundations, institutions, and individuals:
Lancaster County Community Foundation
The Armstrong Foundation
Franklin & Marshall College
Gretel and Arthur B. Dodge, Jr.

and by the following companies who, in supporting Franklin & Marshall College via contributions through the Commonwealth’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program (www.fandm.edu/EITC), have supported Poetry Paths in the Schools 2013-2014:
Frontier Communications
John E. Fullerton, Inc.
Fulton Bank
Oak Tree Development Group, LLC
SofterWare, Inc.
TIPPETTS/WEAVER Architects, Inc.
Tomlinson Bomberger
Warfel Construction Company
Waste Management, Inc.

Thank you to all of our donors!

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Fulton Elementary School site complete

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Stop by Fulton Elementary School, 225 West Orange Street, to visit the newest completed site of Poetry Paths! The site was completed in November 2013 and features five stainless steel spheres with Corian caps on which poems are printed. Congratulations to writers … Continue reading

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Poetry Paths artists and poets win awards

2013

Poet Mary Szybist wins the National Book Award in Poetry for her collection of poems, Incarnadine. Mary’s poem, “All Times and All Tenses Alive In this Moment” appears in the book. You can find this poem here, and at the Poetry Paths site at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design.

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Chris Dawson Architect receives a Citation award for the Excellence in Design Competition from the American Institute of Architecture for his project, “Eastern Market Bench.” You can find the bench at the Poetry Paths site at Eastern Market.

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Tim Seibles is named a National Book Award Finalist for his book of poetry, “Fast Animal.” You can find his poem, “Free” below or visit the Poetry Paths site at Fulton Elementary.

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Go Welsh receives a number of awards for their art installation at the Fulton Theatre.

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Poetry Paths Installation at Fulton Elementary School

Visit the grounds of the newly renovated Fulton Elementary School, 225 West Orange Street to see the latest Poetry Paths artwork, by artists Sara Pevaroff Schuh and Erin Gleason. Below, Terry and Marianne of Irvin Services, the fabricators of the piece, have been on site preparing the stainless steel spheres and adding the Corian caps on which the poems are printed. We are especially proud of this installment because it represents the thoughtful engagement of so many people in Lancaster, from the board of the Shreiner Concord Cemetery, who chose the poems and worked closely with the artists to develop the design, to the Board of the School District of Lancaster who welcomed the piece at Fulton. Congratulations to the artists and to writers Tim Seibles, Charles Bernstein, Alexandra Hill, and Toria Benitez. Alexandra and Toria were students in the school district when they wrote their poems, which celebrate the life and legacy of abolitionist and Lancastrian Thaddeus Stevens.

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Poetry Paths in the Schools is underway for the 2013-14 school year!

Students from Washington Elementary and Reynolds Middle School have been exploring  the outdoors as inspiration for poetry. Washington Elementary visited the Conestoga Greenway and Reynolds Middle School (pictured here) visited the Millport Conservancy. Ross and Fulton Elementary schools are also participating. Keep a look out for updates!

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New Poetry Paths piece at Keystone Arts & Culture Center

Artists George Mummert and Dave Romanchock installed the latest addition to the Poetry Paths On the Streets initiative of public art and poetry in Lancaster City on Thursday, June 27.                                                                                                                      Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/866781_New-sculpture-gets-finishing-touches.html#ixzz2XpECzgha

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Please join us for our 4th Annual Kids Poetry Reading.

PPKPROur 2012-2013 season of Poetry Paths is coming to a close, and we write to invite you all to join us for our 4th annual Kids Poetry Reading.  Please join the poets and their teachers, principals, friends, neighbors and families as we celebrate their art!  
Wednesday, May 1 
6:30pm – 8:00pm
The Ware Center (42 North Prince Street in Downtown Lancaster)

For the past four years we have worked with Barbara Buckman Strasko, our Poet in the Schools, to offer excellent poetry writing workshops to about 250 public elementary and middle school students each year. In preparation for the workshops, we also sponsor experiences for the students that give them a new and deeper appreciation of their neighborhoods, including trips to the Lancaster Museum of Art, the North Museum, the Lancaster Arts Hotel, and the Conestoga Greenway, among many other sites.

At the end of each program year, we publish a journal of the kids’ poetry and host a large public reading of their work for teachers, principals, students, families, neighbors and friends. Since 2009, we have worked with a total of 1300 students from 17 public schools in Lancaster.

Highlights of this year’s event:

  • Readings by 4th and 5th grade poets from Buchanan, Burrowes, Carter & MacRae, King, and Wharton Elementary Schools.  
  • Musical entertainment by the Music For Everyone String Ensemble and Vinegar Creek Constituency
  • Free copies of Poetry Paths Kids Poetry Journal for 2012-2013
  • Light refreshments

Thank you to this year’s donors to Poetry Paths in the Schools: Franklin & Marshall College; Gretel and Arthur B. Dodge, Jr.; the Armstrong Foundation; and the following companies who, by supporting Franklin & Marshall College via contributions through the Commonwealth’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program (www.fandm.edu/EITC), have supported Poetry Paths in the Schools 2012-2013: Frontier Communications; Fulton Bank; Oak Tree Development Group, LLC; Tomlinson Bomberger; and Warfel Construction Company.  Portions of these companies’ donations have funded all the workshops, publications, and enrichment activities undertaken through Poetry Paths in the Schools.

See you on May 1st!

 

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