Thursday, June 20, 2024

Pen an Ode to Boca Raton, and You Might Get Boca-Famous

For a city that is soon to turn 100, Boca Raton is looking pretty darn good for its age. And it’ll look even better come 2025, the year of Boca’s centennial, when a series of temporary billboards and other public-art installations will begin to pop up around the city, each of them bearing words written by you, the residents of Boca Raton.

It’s all part of “Zip Odes,” a collaboration between the City of Boca Raton and the poetry nonprofit O, Miami. From now until next May, when Boca celebrates its hundred-year anniversary, residents are invited to write and submit an ode to the city—an ode being a lyric poem, dating back to Ancient Greece, that hymns a person, place or thing. To qualify, each ode should be five lines, with the letters in each line determined by the resident’s zip code. For example, if you live in 33486, the poem will have three words in the first and second lines, four words in the third line, eight words in the fourth line, and six words in the final line.

In a press release, Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer penned his own ode to show us how it’s done:

3 – Boca Raton is

3 – the greatest city

4 – because of its people,

9 – but we can reach our fullest potential, united together

6 – for the next century and beyond

Residents can submit their odes now through next May at The top 100 odes will be transformed into public art to be displayed all around Boca next summer.

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John Thomason
John Thomason
As the A&E editor of, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

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