Public Art in Development
- Emeryvile Center OF Community life
- Shellmound Powell Bridge
- Point Emery
- Sign of the times
- Poet Laureate
Emeryville Center of Community Life Public Art
Emeryville Center of Community Life Public Art: In October 2015, the City was considering five finalists with artist installation expected in 2016. A project page will be developed when artists have been selected here. View original RFP here. Click here or on the image for more information.
The City of Emeryville selected R&R Studios to install Electric Rainbow, a lighted art project under and on the Powell Street Bridge at Shellmound Street and develop a master plan for art installations and landscaping to connect the retail destinations at the Emeryville Public Market and Bay Street with a lively walkable environment. Work is expected to occur in 2016.
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In 2010, the City of Emeryville implemented a Poet Laureate Program to support awareness of poetry and the literary arts in the city and schools. The city’s second poet laureate, Sarah Kobrinsky is currently serving a two year term, initiated in October 2013.
Call for 2015-2017 Poet Laureate
The City of Emeryville is seeking the third poet laureate to serve from November 2015 to October 2017. The position provides $1,500 stipend and is open to verifiable Emeryville residents and employees
- Call for Nominations posted -- May 22, 2015
- Submissions for Poet Laureate due – September 1, 2015
- Review of Submissions by Selection Panel – Week of September 1, 2015
- Appointment of Emeryville Poet Laureate by City Council – October 6, 2015
Duties of the Emeryville Poet Laureate
- Represent the City of Emeryville and the poetic arts through participation in poetry events and interviews.
- Present poetry at no more than 4 events per year. These events may vary from year-to-year, but could include readings at scheduled city events and in the schools.
- Accept invitations, as schedule permits, to present his / her poetry at community events or with community groups, in interviews with the media, and to submit works for publication on the city website and other outreach vehicles.
- Act as an advocate and resource for poetry and literary events in Emeryville
Sarah Kobrinsky was named the 2013-2015 Emeryville Poet laureate on Oct 15, 2013. She will serve until November 2015. Ms. Kobrinsky has proposed a robust program targeting multiple residential and employment sectors including:
- Poetry Idol - a workshop for high school students with performances before supportive “judges” including teachers, poets. and local celebrities
- Poetry and Play - creative movement and poetry for elementary students
- Poetry the Practice - writing workshops for adults at the library or senior center potentially culminating in book or public reading
- Poetry in Motion - Printed poems distributed on the Emery Go Round monthly. Interested in submitting? Click here for information on the open call.
- Softly She Slips regarding Mari Andrews’ Reach located on the Second Floor outside Human Resources in New City Hall
- Ouroboros regarding Po Shung Leong’s Blue Triangles located at the top of the stairwell outside the Council Chambers in Old City Hall
- Look for the Poet Laureate at her reading and ribbion cutting at Temescal Creek Park (corner of 47th and Adeline) Saturday March 15th. Festivities begin at 2 p.m.
- See the Poet Laureate's blog for future dates and posting
Janell Moon, an Emeryville-based poet and artist was selected as the city’s first Poet Laureate for 2010-2012.
- Samples of Janell Moon's works may be viewed online
- More information is available on her website
- View the April 2011 National Poetry Month poem by Janell Moon
The Poet Laureate serves as the city’s literary ambassador during a 2-year term commencing mid-year. The prior request for proposals is found
- The selected poet lives or works in Emeryville, and be at least 18 years of age
- The selected poet has demonstrated a commitment to poetry through prior publication and submission of a body of work of no less than 20 poems, and/or a performance record such as spoken word, poetry slams, film, new media or other performance-related venues
- The selected poet embraces a willingness to engage the community in a discourse about poetry, to present his or her work to the public and Emeryville K-12 students
- The selected poet is willing to allow selected poems to be published on the city website, to be duplicated as posters for distribution at events or in the schools, to be framed for installation in City Hall, and possibly for use in visual art installations
Please see the Public Art section of our bids page for currently open listings. If there are no open listings, you may send a 1-page biography and no more than 2 pages of related images for review by the city and private developers to: Art in Public Places, City of Emeryville, 1333 Park Avenue, Emeryville, CA 94608