The Rye Poetry Path celebrates the natural and cultural diversity, history, and beauty of the Sound Shore and its communities.
It reflects the commitment of our non-profit organizations, public sector leaders, artists, writers, educators, local businesses, and neighbors to meeting the social-emotional needs of our community, and our belief in the power of the arts and poetry to inspire meaningful contemplation and conversation.
The path is a collaborative project created by 7 organizations - the Rye Arts Center, the Rye Free Reading Room, the Rye Historical Society, Rye Town Park, the Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Rye Country Day School, and the Friends of Rye Nature Center.
For more information on Rye Town Park, the Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Friends of Rye Nature Center visit the Locations tab above.
The Rye Arts Center is one of Westchester County’s foremost arts organizations, offering an extensive range of visual and performing arts programs, workshops, and events and hosting exhibitions of local, regional, and international artists in the Rye Arts Center Gallery.
Our Arts Center has led the design process for the Rye Poetry Path through a Design Team, working with the 4 locations to determine how each poem is presented.
The Rye Free Reading Room is Rye’s beloved public library and serves as a dynamic gathering place and center for lifelong learning for Rye residents of all ages and interests, offering robust collections and expansive programs to the entire community.
Our library created and hosts the Rye Poetry Path website and will be working with partners to develop programming connected to the poems, as well as supplemental information about the poets.
The Rye Historical Society creates awareness of our collective history and generates pride in our beloved community by offering educational programming, interactive exhibits, events, and museums.
Our Historical Society was part of the curation process, providing insights on poets and poems connected to Rye’s history. The RHS also sponsored educational information to contextualize selected poems and is hosting one poem at the Knapp House, the oldest house in Westchester County.
Rye Country Day School is a coeducational, college preparatory school dedicated to providing students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 with an excellent education using both traditional and innovative approaches. The RCDS design Makerspace is an innovation lab for Middle and Upper School students that serves as a hub of creativity and invention on campus, featuring a wide range of engineering and manufacturing equipment.
RCDS students and faculty are working collaboratively in the Makerspace using a STEAM approach to design and create poems for installation at the Friends of Rye Nature Center.