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Michael Adams is 2019’s “Walk on Words” Poetry Contest Winner
Poem Stamped in Concrete at Courson Park

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s Public Art Committee has selected a poem by Palmdale resident Michael Adams as the winning entry in the City’s “Walk on Words” poetry contest. An unveiling ceremony was held on Thursday, July 11 at the newly refurbished Courson Park.

As part of City’s Public Art program, entrants were asked to submit original compositions with the theme of “Neighborhoods” that were no more than 8 lines long, including title, with a maximum of 25 characters per line, including spaces.

The winning poem:

My Neighborhood

Green lawns and gardens

Skateboards and bikes

Waving to old friends

Block parties and hikes

Little League and kites

Walks on summer nights

A place to call home
Honorable mention winners were Daniel Dassler, Louis Denning, Roxanne Joseph-Glenn, Mary Gonzalez, Jury Magana, John Pastor, Giselle Reyes, and Oliver Weese.

Previous “Walk on Words” winners are:

  • 2013 – “What Beauty Holds Us Captive Here,” by Mary Denning; Poncitlán Square

  • 2014 – “One Day” by Steven Brito; Palmdale Playhouse

  • 2015 – “Summer Fun” by Ed Robinson; DryTown Water Park

  • 2015 – “Everyone Has A Story To Tell” by Joan Enguita Willingham; Legacy Commons for Active Seniors

  • 2016 – “Guardians Brave Let Palmdale Play” by Louis Denning; Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42

  • 2016 – “Generations of Pioneers” by Mary Denning; Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42

  • 2016 - Theme: Parks Make Life Better – by Mitchell Seyfer; Marie Kerr Park

  • 2017 – Theme: Summer – by Tyler Farrell, Domenic Massari Park

  • 2018 – Theme : Palmdale History - by Dana Schroer, Palmdale City Library

About the City’s Public Art Committee

As the City of Palmdale continues to strategize effective methods to increase community engagement, pride and identity, public art emerged as a practical and creative outlet to both engage and inspire the community.

The City convened an internal committee with representation from various departments whose public and department objectives best aligned with the mission of public art.

The committee reviewed various master plans from a diverse field of communities nationwide and ultimately defined six key focus areas:

  • Identity

  • Diversity/Inspiration

  • Accessibility

  • Economic Impact

  • Design Integration

  • Education

For information on the Public Art Committee, please call 661/267-5611.

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