Over the past four and a half months we have been engaging with community members every Sunday, creating art, accessing abilities and interests, and collaborating to discover what type of public art projects appeal to our participants.
This project has been an amazing journey. We have experienced so much together, created some beautiful art, and become friends with people we never would have known. We have come together in an opening and a closing circle many times, playing games of trust and connection.
We created drawings of our names and what we love.
We made a human mandala using hula hoops and we played theater games
We had a talent show and some of the teens have been making videos.
Through this process our artist team discovered that the participants are drawn to art gardens, art shade structures, video and performance. Stories of Place, one of our partners in this project, mapped the district and presented us with the different empty lots and spaces available.
Billy Joe is leading the team that will create a shade structure in a large lot right on Central Ave. Erin and Monica are in charge of video and performance that will be held in the Veterans Memorial Amphitheatre in the International District.
I am the Project Director for the art garden we will create. By the end of July we will have turned an ugly, empty lot full of stickers and garbage into a beautiful space. Last Sunday my team collaborated on the design of the Art Garden. Everyone is interested in painting a mural on the fence as part of the garden. So we also worked on possible elements to include in the mural. Now I am busy bringing all of our ideas together into one design, researching materials and costs and gathering all kinds of recycled elements to incorporate into our garden.
It promises to be a fun, exciting, art-filled summer.