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Impressions was a project funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, through its Knight Arts Challenge grant. With this grant, Saint Paul Almanac supported and fostered collaborations between 24 local writers and 24 local artists to publish and produce six broadsides every quarter. Each broadside is a unique poster of a poet’s poem accompanied with an artist’s work reflecting that poem. These 24 broadsides were featured inside metropolitan-area light rail trains and buses, on train platforms, and in bus shelters.

“The uniqueness and impact of the IMPRESSIONS concept is the ability to provide an opportunity for Metro Transit riders to view powerful visual and literary art unconsciously and consciously, individually and interactively, and in balance with the ride,” said former Saint Paul Almanac Board Chair Metric Giles. “It’s the Saint Paul Almanac and Metro Transit working collaboratively to connect people directly with art. It’s a way to bring art straight to the people.”

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