The newest poster from our Poetry in Motion collection is out! In honor of the Grand Central Centennial, American poet Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States, premiered his poem Grand Central during yesterday’s celebration. Paired with the stunning celestial ceiling of Grand Central Terminal the poem was commissioned by Arts for Transit and the Poetry Society of America.
Grand Central Terminal turned 100 years old yesterday!
I live-tweeted the morning’s spectacular event for Arts for Transit. The celebration included music, poetry, speeches and memories. Caroline Kennedy read part of a letter her mom, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, wrote to then-Mayor Abe Beam in 1975 urging him to save Grand Central Terminal from demolition. (I wish I transcribed Caroline Kennedy’s reading of the letter because it was beautiful and stirring, and I’ve yet to find the text online.)
Thankfully, Grand Central Terminal still stands. I love this building. It takes my breath away every time I visit.
We’re proud that our own MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design Director, Sandra Bloodworth, participated in TEDxCapeMay Recreation and Re-creation, in October. Her talk, Re-creation of Public Spaces, takes you on a visual journey through the MTA’s subway system with a focus on the power of art to transform public spaces. To tell the story of the amazing rebirth of the New York’s subway over the past three decades, Sandra tours stations, both elevated and subterranean, where the introduction of permanent art has transformed the everyday experience of straphangers. Sandra shares a great background story on Arts for Transit and its role in transforming a very public place. Enjoy and share it!
So proud of my Arts for Transit friends!