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Posted on: August 15, 2020

Randy Bass is 2020’s “Walk on Words” Poetry Contest Winner; Poem Stamped in Concrete at Yellen Park

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:


Everyone Counts

Shaping our future

Begins with Census 2020

Impacts our community

Embraces opportunity

Celebrates diversity

Brighter tomorrows

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:

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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