Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Community Building Tip: Art

For my current set of tips, I'm using the list "101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City."

10. Set up a small, interactive community art project on your corner. "Share your art with people in small ways. With our As You Wish project, our artists made versions of people’s wishes with cheap materials we had on hand. With Forensic Friends, people stopped by our artists on the street and described a friend like you would if you were doing a forensic sketch of a criminal. But, instead, the artist draws a portrait of a friend from the description. With Listening Booth, we simply have somebody sit and listens to anybody who wanted to talk."
— Jim Walker, founder and director of the Big Car Collaborative


Sidewalk chalk art is another good example.  You can get a whole bucket of the stuff for a few dollars, enough for many artists to share at the same time.  Everyone pick a square of sidewalk and express yourself!
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