People with a knack for verse will get an opportunity to cement their legacy in Cambridge this spring.

As crews from the Department of Public Works replace sidewalks damaged by the winter’s historic snowfall, they will imprint poetry written by residents into the slabs, hoping to capture the attention of pedestrians.

Called the “Sidewalk Poetry” program, the project is a partnership between the DPW, staff from the Cambridge Arts Council, and the public library.

The city is calling on locals to submit up to two poems for consideration.

“I think that one of the goals of Cambridge is to have this sense of playfulness and the sense of art being important,” said Julie Barry, director of community arts for the Arts Council. “Just being able to implement these little jewels throughout the city is a fun way to inspire that playfulness.”

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Boston Globe | Sidewalk Poetry Program


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