Poetry Grant will make Poems on State Street possible

The Writing Studio at Saint Mary’s: A Space to Create, directed by Sister Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB, aims to bring beauty and poetry to the people of Erie. A $2500 grant from Erie Arts and Culture, which was awarded in December, will enable the Studio to begin a new project, a permanent art installation called Poems on State Street. This spring and summer, the funding from the grant will be used to pay local artists to beautify the busy sidewalks that line State Street by painting uplifting verses of poems and illustrating them. When completed, these poems will cover much of the downtown area, reaching people from all walks of life.

As Sister Mary Lou said, “This is a simple way to offer a moment of delight, right in the middle of city. These poems will be accessible to all people and illustrated in a bright and beautiful way that speaks to the human spirit.”