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7th Avenue Streetscape – Call to Literary Arts Teaching Artists 

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is seeking two (2) experienced and accomplished Literary Arts Teaching Artists to work with a classroom of youth to write poems that broaden public thinking about reuse, recycling and a greener environment. The poems will be featured as part of an annually-changing outdoor exhibition of poetry and art at 7th Avenue and West Glenrosa Street.

Literary Arts Teaching Artists will lead 6-8 workshops with students (ages 10-18) to create poems that will be read at a culminating community event and exhibition at the Public Art Program’s 7th Avenue site of changing art and poetry panels. Literary Arts Teaching Artists chosen for this project will be expected to:

  • Work with the special recycling initiatives of the City of Phoenix Public Works Department to develop a project curriculum.
  • Teach creative writing and build mentoring relationships with young people.
  • Develop poems that feature student writing on the topic of recycling and a greener environment.
  • Select poems to include in the art panels displayed at the 7th avenue site.
  • Participate in a community poetry reading of works created during the project.
  • Use assessment and evaluation tools given to document impact of residency.

Selected works will be enlarged and displayed on three double-sided translucent Lexan panels at the project site. A graphic designer will be hired to design the layout of each poem and panel. The Office of Arts and Culture will purchase reproduction rights, not the original works created through this project. The city will retain rights to reproduce the art and poetry on the Lexan panels and use them for promotional and educational purposes.

The Office of Arts and Culture encourages applicants to visit the site at Seventh Avenue and West Glenrosa Street to view the current art panels.  A project description is also available online at https://www.phoenix.gov/arts/public-art-program/public-art-tours/7th-avenue-streetscape.

There will be a presubmittal meeting held on September 11, 2014 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Burton Barr Library auditorium, 1st floor, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004.

To learn more about this project please go to www.phoenix.gov/solicitations/93.  For more information about this project please contact Jeanine Garcia, Public Art Project Manager at jeanine.garcia@phoenix.gov, 602-534-5084. Go towww.phoenix.gov/arts to learn more about the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, or call 602-262-4637.

Image courtesy of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.