Sidewalk Poetry Submissions Accepted through Feb. 15

Would you like to see your poetry printed on city sidewalks for all to see? Then submit it as part of our city sidewalk poetry program!


The City of Appleton Sidewalk Poetry committee is now accepting submissions for the 2016 sidewalk poetry program through February 15.

Now in its third year, the program will add five additional poems to the poems from 2014 and 2015 that have been stamped in more than 40 sidewalks around the city.

“The Sidewalk Poetry Program has been a big success in its first two years, we’ve really been pleased with the response from the community,” said Department of Public Works Director Paula Vandehey.

Director Vandehey says she came up with the idea after attending a Public Works conference in Minneapolis in 2013.

There she learned of a St. Paul artist who created a sidewalk poetry program in that community and she decided to bring it to Appleton.

“We as a city are making an effort to bring more public art to our community in a variety of ways and this program is a great compliment to that effort,” Vandehey said.

Poems must be submitted by February 15 to Poems selected by the committee will be announced in mid-March and stamped in various locations throughout the city as crews replace sections of sidewalk throughout the summer.

Any Appleton resident or student enrolled with the Appleton Area School District can submit a poem. The poem can be previously published, but must be an original work. The poem must be appropriate for the general public, fit within 10, 40-character lines and be no longer than 250 characters total.

Almost 100 submissions were received for the program in 2015.

Appleton Communications Coordinator Chad Doran can be reached at (920) 832-5814 or

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