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File #: 68286    Version: 1 Name: Establishing a Youth Poet Laureate Program
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 11/8/2021 In control: Department of Planning and Community and Economic Development
On agenda: 12/7/2021 Final action: 12/7/2021
Enactment date: 12/13/2021 Enactment #: RES-21-00813
Title: Establishing a Youth Poet Laureate Program for the City of Madison and authorizing a noncompetitive contract with Urban Word NYC, Inc to become a member of the National Youth Poet Laureate program, and for annual subscription services.
Sponsors: Sheri Carter, Syed Abbas, Regina M. Vidaver
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution to establish a Youth Poet Laureate Program has a one-time fee of $2,500 and a $500 annual fee thereafter. Funding for the fees is included in the Planning Division’s adopted operating budget. No additional City appropriation is required.
Title
Establishing a Youth Poet Laureate Program for the City of Madison and authorizing a noncompetitive contract with Urban Word NYC, Inc to become a member of the National Youth Poet Laureate program, and for annual subscription services.
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WHEREAS, on January 8, 2008 the Common Council adopted Resolution File ID 08212 formalizing the creation of the Poet Laureate Program for the City of Madison, and

WHEREAS, on January 7, 2020 the Common Council adopted Resolution ID 58843 appointing Angela Trudell Vasquez to serve as the Poet Laureate for the City of Madison based on her prolific and acclaimed history of written work, her community service, and her intent to initiate a Youth Poet Laureate Program; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Trudell Vasquez used her first two years as Madison’s Poet Laureate to work with community partners to build interest, to garner and establish support for creating the Youth Poet Laureate Program for the City of Madison; and

WHEREAS, Ms, Trudell Vasquez has engaged youth poets in her work as Madison's Poet Laureate and published them while serving as judge for local poetry contests, curating the annual Bus Line Poetry Project, and including their voices and artistic expressions wherever possible; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Trudell Vasquez, members of the Madison Arts Commission, other community literary partners including staff of the Madison Public Library, Art Lit Lab, UW Madison’s Office of Multicultural Arts Initiative’s First Wave Program, to name a few, as well as many other members of our community, feel strongly that young poets develop notable writing careers at an early age and should be recognized in their own category; and

WHEREAS, the National Youth Poet Laureat...

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