Indianapolis Cultural Trail Call for Poets for Public Art Installation

Press Release

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick announces another public art installation.The cultural trail is just one of many contributions for the people of Indianapolis made by the Glick’s including the Gene B. Glick Company and the Marilyn K. Glick School of Art at the Indianapolis Art Center in Broad Ripple Village.

“Moving Forward,” by Indianapolis-based architect Donna Sink, is a series of three custom-designed eco-friendly bus shelters that will showcase original poetry by published writers. The shelters will be located along the Cultural Trail on the south side of Virginia Avenue near Lexington Street, McCarty Street and Woodlawn Avenue.

Each shelter will be comprised of ecoresin panels, which are made using 40% post-industrial re-grind content, mounted in a stainless steel frame. The shelters will be installed on TX Active photocatalytic cement pads. These pads will be self-cleaning and will help reduce many pollutants deemed harmful to human health and the environment in Indy.

Informational video by Gail Payne on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, an in-progress network of public pathways that will unite the Indianapolis cultural districts


A call for poetry begins this week and submissions are due November 22, 2009. Published poets living in or with ties to Indiana are invited to submit work based on subjects such as Indianapolis community, neighborhoods, landmarks, shared spaces, transportation, Indianapolis history and the future. Poets must have published at least one poem in a print magazine or anthology prior to submitting work for “Moving Forward.” Selected poems may have been published previously.


The Writers’ Center of Indiana is administering a selection process with out-of-state jurors. Authors of the three selected poems will each receive a $1,000 award. Selections will be announced in March 2010. Poems will be displayed in their entirety on a stainless steel panel on the shelter. Excerpts of the poem will be embedded in the ecoresin panels.

“Moving Forward” is the sixth public-art installation planned for the eight-mile Indianapolis Cultural Trail that will connect each of the downtown Indianapolis cultural districts with a uniquely designed pedestrian and bicycle path.

Call For Poets Criteria


  • Poets must live in or have close ties to Indiana.
  • Poets must have published at least one poem in a print magazine or anthology prior to submitting their work to “Moving Forward.”

Guidelines for Submission:

  • Each poet may submit one poem, no longer than 50 lines. (The poem may have been published previously.)
  • Each entry must include a cover sheet with the following:
  1. Contact information.
  2. Verification of publication: a list of 1-5 published poems that includes the title of each poem, name of print magazine or anthology in which it was published, and publication date.
  3. Poets who do not live in Indiana must provide a brief statement describing their tie to Indiana.
  • Content must be appropriate for public display with sensitivity to diverse audiences.
  • Entries must be in English. (If appropriate, poets may include a translation to another language.)
  • All submissions must be made electronically to
  • Entries must be attached as a Word document (.doc) or PDF.
  • The Writersʼ Center of Indiana and the Cultural Trail Management and Design Team retain the right to disqualify any entry that does not comply with the above guidelines.

Deadline for Submissions:

Midnight on Friday, November 22, 2009.

Selection Process & Timeline:

  • Entries will be judged blindly by three out-of-state judges. Poetsʼ names and contact information will be not be posted on submissions
  • The judges will submit six finalists to the Writersʼ Center of Indiana. A panel including Writersʼ Center representatives, Art Strategies representatives, and the Cultural Trail Management and Design team, along with project architect, Donna Sink, will choose the three poems to be used in the bus shelter installations.
  • Winners will be announced in mid-March 2010.
  • Installation will begin in 2010 with expected completion in Spring 2011.

Selection Criteria:

  • Quality of writing.
  • Thematic connection to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and the “Moving Forward” project.
  • Appropriateness for public display with sensitivity to diverse audiences.

For more information on how to submit, visit the Indianapolis Cultural Trail’s website.