On May 23rd the Poetry Society of America held their annual Spring Benefit Dinner at the beautiful New York Botanical Gardens. This year, Arts for Transit Director Sandra Bloodworth was honored for the MTA’s great leadership and flair in re-launching our beloved Poetry in Motion program in 2012. Our partnership with the Poetry Society of America and our colleagues at New York City Transit has allowed us to bring poetry, paired with stunning artwork, to five and a half million subway riders daily. We were honored and truly touched to receive this recognition and feel the entire PSA staff equally deserves such appreciation. Thank you to the Poetry Society of America and all the fans of Poetry in Motion.
Above: Sandra Bloodworth, Director of MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design & Alice Quinn, Executive Director of Poetry Society of America
Each time I see Mary Ruefle’s poem on the 4, I play Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon (I guess it’s Six Degrees of NYBG in this case). Our friends at the Poetry Society of America hold a special place in our big, green heart, and they’re certainly a major part of not only the readings in our Perennial Garden, but so many events and activities here.
It was an honor to host them, and to celebrate the revival of this much-loved transit program. —MN