The City of Palmdale’s Public Art Committee has selected a poem by Palmdale resident Randy Bass as the winning entry in the City’s “Walk on Words” poetry contest. The unveiling ceremony was held on Saturday, Aug. 15 at Yellen Park.
As part of City’s Public Art program, entrants were asked to submit original compositions with the theme of “Census 2020: Everyone Counts” that were no more than 8 lines long, including title, with a maximum of 25 characters per line, including spaces.
The winning poem:
Shaping our future
Begins with Census 2020
Impacts our community
When everyone is counted
Honorable mention winners were Starla Knutson, Byron Pearce, Keyona Reznikova, George Roberts, Kristina Salazar,. Alisha Semchuck, and Princess Virrey.
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
2019 – Theme: Neighborhoods – by Mike Adams, Courson Park
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:
For information on the Public Art Committee, please call 661/267-5611.