We have a prime example of this kind of art--a mural on the Dragon Boat Club's Boat House, painted by the students and teachers of the ACPPA Community Arts Center (a school of art, dance, music, and design for kids, based at Grace Lutheran Church) in cooperation with the Dragon Boat Club. The final unveiling of the work will be tomorrow at Riverfest (11 am to 4 pm, 1 Haws Avenue), so come out and see it.
Last Friday, I watched a segment on PBS NewsHour about community-based art, and it got me to thinking that we could do more of it here. We're supposed to have our sights set on becoming an arts community, right? So picture Norristown as a sort of open-air art gallery, with murals, sculptures, mosaics, all done by the residents.
For instance, a church congregation might create a sculpture for a devotional garden beside the church, or a quilt to be hung in a window. Schools could paint murals or, like the students of Chestnutwold Elementary in Havertown, create different, colorful birdhouses, which they then hung outside the front entrance of their school. Neighborhoods could get together to dress up a blank wall (with the owner's permission, of course), or some such project to brighten, and unify, their block. Business districts could get together (or recruit volunteers) to paint trash cans, or create some work of art to bring interest, and shoppers, to an area.
Here are some projects done by other communities, to hopefully inspire you:
|Maze of cement and mulch.|
|Tiles on a bench|
|Picture 2 or 3 of these in a playground.|
|Community quilt, where everyone brought a mateless sock|