Town installs four Poetry Gardens

Posted June 18, 2020 at 12:45 pm by

Poetry garden photo by Rebecca Cook

The Town and its Fri­day Har­bor Arts Com­mis­sion invite the pub­lic to enjoy the new­ly installed Poet­ry Gar­dens locat­ed at:

  1. San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty Theatre
  2. Mullis Cen­ter
  3. In the water­front view­ing area below Downriggers
  4. Next to the Post Office

The 30 poems on dis­play were select­ed in the Town’s first Poet­ry Gar­den Con­test. Nine­ty San Juan Coun­ty res­i­dents sub­mit­ted 271 poems for review in a local blind judg­ing process. Final selec­tions were made by Wash­ing­ton State Poet Lau­re­ate, Clau­dia Cas­tro Luna. Win­ners include 20 adults and 10 stu­dents grades three to 12.

“We would like to thank cit­i­zen com­mit­tee mem­bers Boyd Pratt, Lisa Sal­is­bury, Jen­nifer Boy­den, and Rebec­ca Cook and FHAC mem­bers David Jenk­ins and Diane Mar­tin­dale for bring­ing this project to the Town,” said May­or Farhad Ghatan. This was the first time the FHAC part­nered with a com­mit­tee of local cit­i­zens on a pub­lic art project.

A rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mo­ny for the Town’s first Poet­ry Gar­dens will be announced lat­er this year. A book­let of the poems is being pub­lished for free dis­tri­b­u­tion at select loca­tions through­out the islands.

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