Poets Wanted for the Seventh Avenue Streetscape

Categories: Poetry, Public Art

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7th Ave Streetscape Haiku by Aaron Johnson, art by Eve Vrla
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture's looking for local poets for its ninth annual 7th Avenue Streetscape exhibition.

Up to four poems that aim to "broaden public thinking about reuse, recycling and a greener environment" will be selected for be selected for a yearlong public art display on the art panels at Glenrosa Street and Seventh Avenue.

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Interested poets are asked to submit examples of past work for consideration. The The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture will then select up to four poets and ask each to write a Haiku or short poem broadly interpreting the theme of the
environment, reuse and recycling.

Poets will have the opportunity to visit the City's recycling facilities and speak with the City as part of a project orientation. According to the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture's RFQ, one poem will be displayed on a billboard at Grand Avenue, between 10th and 11th avenues, and three other poems will be enlarged and displayed on
three double-sided translucent Lexan panels, which are approximately 5'6" h x 7'10" w, and backlit for nighttime display.

Those selected will also be invited to read their poems at the Seventh Avenue Street Fair, in March 2013, and possibly other venues.

The streetscape project, which has included work by a number of local artists and poets, is an ongoing and rotating project that launched in 2004. For more information and to apply, visit the Office of Arts and Culture website and check out pictures of past streetscape installations here.

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