Moving Words: poetry in public transportation
Moving Words is a program that makes poetry a part of daily life for commuters riding Arlington Transit (ART) by replacing advertising placards inside public buses with poems by local poets and Arlington Public School students. This year-round, two-part program includes the adult competition, the Moving Words Poetry Competition, which displays poems by six selected metro-area poets (age 18 or over) inside the buses from April through September, and the Moving Words Student Poetry Competition, which features poems by ten Arlington Public School students inside the buses from October through March. The adult competition, open to area residents 18 and over, has a January deadline and is juried by a professional poet each year. The student competition is the culmination of the Pick a Poet project, a partnership between Arlington Cultural Affairs and the Arlington Public Schools Humanities Project, which places professional poets in APS classrooms.
Poems from the current competition can be found on ART buses traveling in Arlington County and on the arlingtonarts.org website. All poems from the previous ten years are archived on the Arlington County Commuter Services' website, CommuterPage.com. Moving Words was launched in 1999 during National Poetry Month and is sponsored by Arlington Transit, the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development, and the Arlington Public Schools Humanities Project.
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