(via Public Art Saint Paul)
This past winter has sucked. You've probably read about it, heard about it, or -- if you're like us, a happiness company based in Boston -- experienced it directly. The epic quantities of snow (we broke the all-time record here with more than 8 feet...Yay?) and arctic temperatures tested our collective patience and optimism and we're just beginning to feel the thaw.
One of the major casualties of this winter has been city sidewalks. It might not seem like a big deal until they're no longer passable for wheelchairs, strollers, or anyone without agility training. We love that the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has taken this opportunity to turn a bad situation into something incredibly awesome by introducing the Sidewalk Poetry Program.
Talk about positive thinking: The city is offering residents the chance to submit their own original work of 250 characters or less (that's not even two tweets!) for a chance to have their words forever captured in cement.
“We want people to really stop and smell the roses, as it were . . . and have a little bit of random art in their daily lives.” -- Julie Barry, director of community arts
Talk about a cool way to integrate art into people's daily lives while also encouraging people to slow down and be present. Sounds like a trifecta of happiness to us!
(h/t The Boston Globe)