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Sidewalk poetry coming to London
On Dec 1, Jennifer Ball, Leizel Rafanan and Noelle Schmidt from English 3777F - Creativity and the Local presented their idea to stamp poems in fresh concrete to the London Arts Council (LAC). In addition to their own research, petition results, numerous letters of support and methods used by the Sidewalk Poetry project in St. Paul, MN, their proposal included:
- An annual city-wide sidewalk poetry contest arranged by LAC to be adjudicated by English professors, senior poets, etc.
- Installation training for repair crew
- Advance notice to residents living near each installation and opportunity for refusal
- A map on the City of London's website with locations of all the poems so citizens can plot tours by car, bike or foot
- Author credit and information about the project on each installation
If the project receives the support and funding needed, London will be the first Canadian city to have impressed poems in its sidewalks. The students would like to thank everyone who signed the petition and wrote letters to LAC.
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