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Welcome. If you believe in art as an expression of community, and you like seeing it in public, you’ve come to the right place.

The Syracuse Poster Project, established in 2001, brings together community poets and artists to create an annual series of poetry posters for the city’s poster panels.

Each year we produce 16 art posters, each featuring an illustrated poem about downtown, the city or nearby countryside. The Project enlivens the city, builds community, and spreads its value by selling poster prints and poster-related products.

The 2021 poster series marks our 20th anniversary. In deference to the pandemic, it also marks our second year of holding a virtual unveiling celebration. As social events finally resume, we look forward to seeing friends and followers in person. Meanwhile, you can still catch our unveiling celebration on YouTube.

You can also participate by submitting poetry, joining our call for artists, volunteering, making a donation, or buying our products. We offer a growing array of goods, including Syracuse posters, note cards, postcards, haiku booklets, and books on poster art and haiku. Although we provide a public service, we receive no government or institutional funding. All proceeds from donations and sales directly fund our work. Your support sustains us.

If you live in Central New York, perusing these pages will confirm your love of certain landmarks, parks, neighborhoods and native experience. You’ll also deepen your appreciation of the creative community, learning about Syracuse poets and Syracuse artists, and the city that inspires them. You’ll find your neighbors, colleagues, teachers from your grade or high school, and other acquaintances. In short, you’ll discover that Syracuse’s creative community is your community.

If you’re new to the region or passing through, browse these pages as you would a quirky travel guide. You’ll find, conveyed through Syracuse art and haiku poetry, an assortment of places and experiences that stir the hearts of locals. Well known landmarks, as you’d expect, but also plenty of subtle, backyard epiphanies. If you’re looking for Syracuse souvenirs, we’ll send you home with a haiku poster unique to this region. And while you’re here, compose a Syracuse haiku, and send it to us. We love the fresh vision of travelers.

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