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Come celebrate National Poetry Month with us! On Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 we’ll be partnering with Poetry Society of America to bring an amazing and FREE poetry weekend. Poetry in Motion Springfest, inspired by the New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe, will be held in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal from 11AM to 6PM on both days and will feature a variety of poets, artists, music and interactive poetry activities. More information about all the events (including a young poet workshop, ages 6+) is found here. Please join us!
Image artwork: Amy Cheng, Rediscovery (detail), 2012.

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Come celebrate National Poetry Month with us! On Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 we’ll be partnering with Poetry Society of America to bring an amazing and FREE poetry weekend. Poetry in Motion Springfest, inspired by the New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe, will be held in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal from 11AM to 6PM on both days and will feature a variety of poets, artists, music and interactive poetry activities. More information about all the events (including a young poet workshop, ages 6+) is found here. Please join us!

Image artwork: Amy Cheng, Rediscovery (detail)2012.

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Have you seen the newly built Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot in Harlem lately? Well if you haven’t, you are in for a BIG surprise. Check out a sneak peak of artist Shinique Smith’s newest permanent art installation Mother Clara’s Garden. Stay tuned for more info! 

Images: Shinique Smith, Mother Clara’s Garden, 2013. Photo Credit: Mosaika

Beautiful! 

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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

We adore Poetry in Motion! 

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Today, we would like to spotlight painter Olive Ayhens who created two beautiful pieces of artwork for our ONTIME/Grand Central at 100 exhibition. Ayhens hones in on the architectural details from above to create a swirling, bold tapestry of color that conveys the reflection of life both inside and outside Grand Central Terminal. She uses the constellations as the sky above the terminal, freeing them from their earthly architecture. Also, keep a look out for her poster… coming to a subway near you!

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The Faces Of New York’s Subway Commute

What did 2012 look like on New York City’s subways? From video journalist Rebecca Davis’s perspective, it was a mix of loneliness, intimacy, exhaustion, and, of course, smart phone-gazing. Davis’s video Commuters 2012 is a voyeuristic glimpse of life in New York’s connective tissue, the subway—hundreds of snapshots of regular people living their lives underground, selected from more than 3,000 photos she took last year.

“So often on the train we bury ourselves in something we’re reading or music we’re listening to and forget to look around and take in some great human drama that is constantly being played out in New York,” Davis says. The best moments in her video are of children and of couples—kissing, laughing, or just sitting there. “I hope it makes people stop and look more deeply into all the different faces and human moments we encounter each day in a city like New York where privacy is hard to come by.”

Check out the full story here.

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In honor of the Grand Central centennial, we would like to highlight Arts for Transit’s permanent artworkthroughout GCT. First up, artist Ellen Driscoll who referenced the historic constellation ceiling from the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal in her glass, bronze and mosaic relief, As Above, So Below. Located in the Grand Central North passageway, her artwork takes the viewer around the world to the night sky above five different continents, representing myths, civilization, heavens, and the underworld. A close look at any of the faces in the work reveals their diversity, as indeed, the people in these mosaics represent many different backgrounds. However, the artist has altered them to take on the attributes of mythical figures. The work summons the everlasting and the ephemeral, reminding us of our worldly past while we hurry through the station.

Above: Ellen Driscoll, As Above, So Below, 1998.

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The new 2013 Art Cards have arrived!! Seen by a billion people each year, AFT commissions artists to create images that are talked about, noticed and admired by riders when they are posted on subway cars throughout the system. This year, we focused in on the Centennial of Grand Central Terminal! Waahhoo 100 incredible years! Artist Marcos Chins envisions a Grand Catwalk — admiring commuters and visitors in their varied, vibrant fashionable costumes and postures with an extra dose of historic architectural design details found at this temple of transportation. Heading to work, band practice, yoga and the like, these travelers journey beneath the iconic celestial sky ceiling in style. Keep your eye out for this gem and for more Grand Central Centennial excitement! Available at www.transitmuseumstore.com

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The new 2013 Art Cards have arrived!! Seen by a billion people each year, AFT commissions artists to create images that are talked about, noticed and admired by riders when they are posted on subway cars throughout the system. This year, we focused in on the Centennial of Grand Central Terminal! Waahhoo 100 incredible years! Artist Marcos Chins envisions a Grand Catwalk — admiring commuters and visitors in their varied, vibrant fashionable costumes and postures with an extra dose of historic architectural design details found at this temple of transportation. Heading to work, band practice, yoga and the like, these travelers journey beneath the iconic celestial sky ceiling in style. Keep your eye out for this gem and for more Grand Central Centennial excitement! Available at www.transitmuseumstore.com