DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS EXTENDED to MARCH 15TH
Word Play Way Douglas Park Poem Submission
What We’re Looking For
We’re looking for a Chicago poet to produce a poem honoring Douglas Park and/or North Lawndale. The ideal candidate is a poet living in the community, or from the community. Details on poem length, use, and presentation are below. We hope to see your poem soon!
The poem selected for this project will be painted onto a sidewalk within the children’s playground in Douglas Park near the corner of California and Ogden. The poem will be transformed into a "Word Play Way" word search, painted using durable, long-lasting paint and pre-cut stencils to form a grid of letters that form words.
Scope of Work/Deliverables
Who & What: We are requesting an original poem that reflects, celebrates, and/or honors the neighborhood of North Lawndale and/or Douglas Park. Poet should be familiar with/have a relationship with the neighborhood and the park.
Location Considerations: The poem should be no longer than 14 lines. The poem will be painted within a letter grid on the sidewalk within a Children’s playground and should reflect that in the subject matter. Please do not submit poems that use profanity or contain any geopolitical language. Additionally, the poem should suitable for any audience — meaning a child, teenager, or adult could all find meaning in the poem.
Criteria for Selection
Project Goals and Target Audience
Word Play Way will provide an additional way for neighbors and residents of North Lawndale to engage and connect with the physical space of the park. We believe that when poetry and learning activities are placed in the public sphere, everyone benefits because it removes barriers of time, location, and cost. The activity of discovering poetry on the sidewalk as you move creates an opportunity to exercise the mind and the body simultaneously.
The David L. Hoyt Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to support and provide play-based and collaborative learning opportunities. The Chicago Poetry Center is partnering with DHF to spread the word, and to select the poem. The Chicago Poetry Center is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with the mission to support poetry for and by Chicago, across Chicago.
For questions, or comments about Word Play Way, please contact Claire Haasl at firstname.lastname@example.org.