Poetry Paths is commissioning and installing two- and three-dimensional visual art that incorporates the written word into the Lancaster streetscape using public art. Texts include poems by eminent poets both living and deceased, contemporary poets from the region, and local schoolchildren, in English and other languages as appropriate.
The completed pieces will be installed in neighborhoods from March 2011 through Spring 2012, at which time visitors to Lancaster as well as residents will be able to download a map and podcast and take physical and virtual tours of the Paths, following the trail of words and art throughout the City.
In person and online, curious readers who embark down Poetry Paths will witness how poetry’s words in public spaces can seed new perspectives, make seams where before there were empty spaces or divisive boundaries, and create a living song within, about, and for the City of Lancaster.
The “sites” on the Paths will include the following:
Penn Square, Tabor Community Services/Eastern Market, Bright Side Opportunities Center, Fulton Theatre, Clipper Magazine Stadium, Lancaster General Hospital, Water Street Ministries, Keystone Arts & Culture Center, Lancaster Public Library, Spanish American Civic Association, Shreiner-Concord Cemetery, Lancaster Amtrak Station, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Conestoga Greenway, and The Philadelphia Alumni Writers House at Franklin & Marshall College