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☷ City of Germantown Tennessee - Sidewalk Poetry Installed in City Parks and Greenways
City of Germantown , state Tennessee ( By Press Release office)
April is National Poetry Month . In collaboration with the Germantown Community Library , Parks & Recreation and Public
Works , the Germantown Public Art Commission announces the installation of the six winning poems from the 2021 Word Travels Sidewalk Poetry Contest .
Poems were installed directly onto pathways in the City’s park system with a long - term pavement coating to ensure longevity for years to come . Poems can be found in the following locations: Howard - McVay Park , Nashoba Park , Cameron Brown Park , Grove Park , and the Western and Eastern Trailheads of the Germantown Greenway . Each site accentuates the tone or theme of the corresponding poem , further connecting the reader to the City ' s natural spaces . Winning poems were written by Denise C . Kerlan , Adele Ferguson , Audrey Rollen , Niyantha Kaushik and Janette Kennedy , all of whom are individuals who live , work or go to school in the City of Germantown .
The Word Travels Sidewalk Poetry program is funded by the Word Travels–Mitch Major Memorial Fund and was established in 2021 in memory of highly esteemed Germantown Performing Art Center ( GPAC ) board member and City of Germantown resident Mitch Major , whose fondness for literature shaped his entire life .
The Mitch Major Memorial Fund is dedicated to sustaining Word Travels , an annual sidewalk poetry contest inspired by Mitch’s love for the literary arts , his passion for lifelong learning and the joy he took sharing his discoveries in the world of the written word .
To make a donation to the fund , contact Parke Kennedy , GPAC Director of Development , at ( 901 ) 751 - 7505 or
Parke@GPACweb . com
. You can also make a donation online , by visiting
gpacweb . com/gpac/word - travels
About the Germantown Public Art Program
The Germantown Public Art Program is a division of the Germantown Performing Arts Center and is dedicated to celebrating the people , history and spirit of Germantown through its investment in high - quality public artwork to create remarkable spaces .
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