Ends on May 30, 2017
Thank you for your interest in The Union's Sidewalks Talk project. Sidewalks Talk is a public art project that uses poetry to breathe art into the everyday in north Omaha by stamping the words of our neighbors into community sidewalks. A community committee will select four poems from this open call. Two will be chosen in the youth (18 and under) category and two poems will be chosen from the adult (19 and over) category. Custom cement stamps will be created and the poems permanently installed in coordination with The City of Omaha Public Works Department who will stamp selected sidewalks already slated for summer repair.

Selected poets will receive a monetary award for the use of their poems.


  • You must live in north Omaha (north of Cuming St, east of 72nd St) or attend a school located in north Omaha
  • Please submit a MAXIMUM of three poems per person
  • In order to fit on a sidewalk, poems must be NO MORE than 10 lines down and 6 words across per line
  • Teachers may submit poems for their students. Please create one submission for all your students with a .zip file consisting of individual documents to your students' poems + their contact information 
Submissions close on MAY 30th at midnight. If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Programs + Projects Paige Reitz at paige@u-ca.org before submitting.