Macon, Georgia-Do you know a stretch of sidewalk in desperate need of repair? Crossroads Writers Conference is accepting nominations for sidewalks and stories from the community. Snap a picture or tell us where the sidewalk is so it can be put on the list. The sidewalks have to be in College Hill to be considered. If the stories (lyrics, poems, historic facts, literary excerpts, etc.) have a Macon connection, they qualify.

Last year, the Knight Foundation awarded a grant to Crossroads for the Sidewalk Stories project.  It was given through the Knight Neighborhood Challenge, a bi-annual effort for citizen-led development of the College Hill area in Macon. Sidewalk Stories supports transformational ideas that engage communities and foster the arts. It is a project to replace broken and sometimes unsafe sidewalks around College Hill with new sidewalks embedded with Macon-related poetry, song lyrics, literary excerpts, historic factoids and other stories.

"This grant is a great opportunity for us to help physically change the landscape in College Hill by not only improving the safety of the sidewalks, but highlighting Macon's literary legacy" says Angel Collins, Crossroads Writers Conference board member. It is a way for us to educate and create a sense of civic pride for College Hill. "

It's that simple. The Knight Foundation, the Community Foundation of Central Georgia and city of Macon have given us the ability to make a lasting change on the local physical landscape. You can give us the tools to make it happen.

The nomination period ends August 13, 2012. To learn more about The Knight Foundation, which believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged, visit If you're interested in submitting an idea for a Knight Neighborhood Challenge, see our friends at the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.