Extended – Call for Writers

Salem Public Space Cards: an artful gaze onto our shared public spaces.

Over a dozen local photographers have chosen and photographed a public space meaningful to them. What will their image inspire you to write about a place that you know or discover in your own way?

Cards will feature a public space photo and a poem/ written reflection inspired by the photo on the other. To be launched and for sale at the Salem Arts Festival, 2017. The Public Space Cards will be packaged with a map of all locations. All proceeds will go towards recovering production cost and then divided equally among participants. (Cost TBD)

Call for Salem Poets and Writers!

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Over a dozen local photographers have chosen and photographed a public space meaningful to them. What will their image inspire you to write about a place that you know or discover in your own way?

Cards will feature a public space photo and a poem/ written reflection inspired by the photo on the other. To be launched and for sale at the Salem Arts Festival, 2017. The Public Space Cards will be packaged with a map of all locations. All proceeds will go towards recovering production cost and then divided equally among participants. (Cost TBD)

Poetry/prose submission Deadline: March 11, 2017

MAX LENGTH: 100 words / 12 lines

TO PARTICIPATE: Send a writing sample to salempublicspaceproject[at]gmail.com and we’ll get you started! 

An Early May Walk through the Point

As we near the end of May, breezy and calm with a dash of rain, the beginning of the month seems an era ago, with its frozen ground, snow drifts, and biting wind. A Friday afternoon walk shows the neighborhood beginning to wake after a long winter: the spring thaw characterized by trees in flower and play on asphalt.

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Flowering tree on Prince Street, across from Mary Jane Lee Park.

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Salem Street is for play, not just cars!

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Balcony of toys ready for outside play in Mary Jane Lee Park.

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The middle block between Harbor and Ward Streets reveals dramatic in-between spaces; they host play, especially on small scooters and tricycles.

Tree in bloom on Harbor Street, while the historic, abandoned building awaits its future fate...

Tree in bloom on Harbor Street, while the historic, abandoned building awaits its future fate…

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A surprising view, with dramatic sky, towards Ward Street.

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The future site of the Ward Street Pocket Park has been the site of informal play for over a decade.

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Bright Blooms


Postcard Narratives: Roast Beef

The winter is long, the sidewalks slippery, and public spaces, not entirely at rest, are in hibernation. This is the season to reflect on some past stories: Neighborhood Narratives. View all the stories and Get to the Point here

This story from Mayor Kim Driscoll – Do you remember Larry’s Roast Beef? Have you been to Celia’s?

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Join the Story Challenge! 

Postcard Narratives: Shoveling Snow

The winter is long, the sidewalks slippery, and public spaces, not entirely at rest, are in hibernation. This is the season to reflect on some past stories: Neighborhood Narratives. View all the stories and Get to the Point here!

This one is from Point resident and artist, Sue Grillo. And it is about snow!

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Join the Story Challenge! 

Kids Photograph A Lot in week 6!

Stumped! Colorful seats at the lot

Stumped! Colorful seats at the lot

As kids take turns to photograph the lot three discrete themes emerge: details, portraits, and action shots. Above are the tree stump seats they finished painting today. They add a colorful punch against the brown lot. These were the focus today – and one striking detail: the red against the fall tree canopies.

The detail

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The action shots

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Ana Nuncio from the House of Seven Gables came for a visit

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Participate in our Story Challenge!

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1. Pick your favorite postcard

2. Go to its location in The Point

3. Email us (SalemPublicSpaceProject[at]gmail[dot]com) a photo you take at the same location by the end of August to be included in our next installation and to be entered to win a Gift Certificate to Celia’s Restaurant! 

Happy photographing!

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