Minnesota Reading Garden to Feature ‘Poetry Sidwalks’


A new project in Minnesota will add poetry to an outdoor “reading garden,” at the public library in Waite Park. The poetry will appear on sidewalks throughout the garden.

In order to fund this project, the Central Minnesota Arts Board has offered to contribute over $2,000 to the city of Waite Park after accepting the project’s grant proposal. According to Melissa Marudas, the proposal highlighted the project’s “uniqueness, artistic merit” and the “community need” for such a project. Additionally, Marudas pointed out the fact that the city has not had a “proposal for poetry sidewalks previous to this one in the last five years.” Marudas serves on the Minnesota Arts Board, and she played a central role in the decision to award this grant.

John Bowden, a member of the community and Waite Park’s board, composed the successful proposal. He hopes that residents of the city will write the poems, which will be stamped on roughly “five slabs throughout the reading garden.” Bowden notes that the poetry sidewalks will be an excellent addition to what he refers to as an “evolving project.”

The city intends to launch this project in April for National Poetry Month.

Read more about the new project here.