Make Your Mark | Neighborhood Arts - 2020
Raleigh Arts sought ideas to bring art into the neighborhoods throughout the city. I brought forth the idea of an interactive mural that would engage all ages.
Each installation is like a life-sized coloring book on the sidewalk. Empty areas encourage people to draw over and in-between the lines. The result is a more colorful artwork that transforms with each person who interacts with it. The murals renew with rain showers allowing continued interaction with the overtime.
A small supply house at each mural enables anyone who comes across the artwork to interact with it. Social media is encouraged to document the mural as it transforms and so it can reach a wider audience.
GO Raleigh Bus Shelter - 2020
photos by Teresa Moore
Crocus and hellebores flowers bloom at the end of winter and offer one of the first signs that spring is on its way. I developed this concept at the start of a global pandemic which coincided with a greater awakening to the injustices in America. People are facing a lot of unknowns. My hope is these ‘first flowers’ will remind us to seek the bright spots among the darkness.
Salvation Army Bus Shelter - 2018
I hosted an art class with families staying at the shelter. We created mono prints and had free drawing stations. No prompt was given, just a simple demonstration and everyone could make whatever they wanted. Kids first created things they like—monster trucks, robots, dinosaurs, and a surfing pirate! Moms printed names, hearts, and handprints of their children. Over time portraits started to emerge, with siblings, with the dog someone wants some day, and of home.⠀
The supplies were simple, the time investment was small, but the connections seemed big. All art was documented before everyone left, and some of it is incorporated in this bus stop installation. I hope those young artists get to see their work displayed for all to see. ⠀
If you find yourself at this bus stop on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh, I hope you enjoy this gallery of all kinds of families. If someone is waiting with you, ask: What do you like to do with your family? Is your family small or big? What is your favorite thing about your family? There is search and find wallpaper! What can you find?⠀
@Raleigh_Arts matches artists with opportunities and makes local talent visible. The Kaleidoscope Project works to improve the mental health of young people and their caregivers. @GORaleighNC bus service offered space for this public art.