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Posted on: April 8, 2022

Commission to Announce ‘Climate Poetry in the Parks’ Program

Edina, Minn., March 28, 2022 – The City of Edina’s Arts & Culture Commission will announce its 2022 “Climate Poetry in the Parks” program at the Youth Climate Summit at Edina High School Saturday, April 16.

Designed as a public event for students and community members to engage in environmental activism and connect with one another and organizations that work in this area, the Youth Climate Summit will include a panel of guest speakers as well as workshops and information tables. The event will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Edina High School Fick Auditorium, 6754 Valley View Road. The public is encouraged to attend.

At the Youth Climate Summit, the Arts & Culture Commission will share details of its youth-led initiative with the Edina High School environmental club Project Earth, “Climate Poetry in the Parks.” The commission will showcase a collection of environment-themed poems to be sandblasted into sidewalks near and in parks in the community later this spring and summer.

Project Earth created an online process for students to submit climate poetry for consideration. “Project Earth hopes our efforts with the Arts & Culture Commission will bring more awareness to our community and daily lives about climate change not only in our parks, but the planet, too,” said Lindsay Buckentine, Project Earth student leader.

“We believe this public art initiative with Project Earth will help to start conversations at a local level about the need to act to save our planet. We are reminded by ‘Climate Poetry in the Parks’ that it is up to us to heal our planet for the future residents of Edina,” said Arts & Culture Commissioner Rebecca Sorensen.

For more information about the Youth Climate Summit, visit bit.ly/22YouthSummit. For more information about the Arts & Culture Commission, visit EdinaMN.gov.

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