Unity in 3 Parts - a Public Art Experience in Griffin!
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Beginning May 9 in Griffin, Ga., civic awareness group/performance art collective glo began mobilizing artists, educators and local people with innovative culture productions and education along 1.9 miles of the town. Already on display is Bridge Path, a participatory art installation spanning the 6th Street bridge and flowing up to the Fairmont neighborhood's historic Rosenwald school. If you ________ you will__________, The interactive sidewalk chalk project draws inspiration from Griffin's notable "if you hit this sign you will hit that bridge" sign and draws attention to two of Griffin's imperiled historic buildings.
Glo's purpose and project in Griffin is the transformation of local culture by increasing awareness of the rehabilitation of a historic Rosenwald fund School. Components of the project include Bridge Path, an interactive sidewalk chalk project between two places in peril, Historic City Hall and Fairmont's Rosenwald School, spanning the length of Griffin’s only downtown bridge, across the train tracks, to transcend the historic divide of the American South; Listening Trips, guided walking migrations by Rosenwald school alum along the original 1927 Fairmont neighborhood map, to offer the gift of listening; Dream Up Space: community pop-up performance space in City Hall’s grassy field for local dance, puppet and theatre troupes to put on shows; and the World's Children art exhibition, the restored school’s debut art show made in-school by local elementary and 1st grade classes. In previous project phases, glo activated immersive art experiences, shops, and conversations in Griffin schools, gardens, and Main St. sidewalks, successfully bringing to life one of the city's pre-existing design referendums. The project will run through October 2017.
Unity in 3 Parts: a Rosenwald School Homecoming, signalizes the power of place to initiate dialogue between rich architectural and cultural traditions embedded in these important schools, and the radical collaboration of their creators, Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald.
Bridge Path: If you ________ you will__________, an interactive sidewalk chalk project between two places in peril, Historic City Hall and Fairmont Rosenwald School, spanning the length of Griffin’s only downtown bridge, across the train tracks, to transcend historic divide of the American South.
World's Children art exhibition, the restored school’s debut art show made in-school by local elementary and 1st grade classes.
Listening Trips, guided walking migrations by Rosenwald school alum along the original 1927 Fairmont neighborhood map, to offer the gift of listening.
Alley gardens, re-purposing Fairmont’s backpaths and alleys in to vibrant, colorful outdoor areas.
Outdoor Silverscreen, large-scale public viewing of Rosenwald, the acclaimed documentary of Julius Rosenwald, at Fairmont Community garden.
Freedpeople, a photo exhibition of the original interior of Fairmont Rosenwald School at Safehouse.
Homegrown Meals, a series of community meals in collaboration with downtown eateries & Fairmont Community Garden.
Adventure Sculpture Trail, a series of sculptures handmade by local teens of carefully deconstructed salvaged materials from pre-restored Fairmont Rosenwald School.
Unity Farmers & Craft Market, pop-up market of local fresh produce & art at City Hall’s firehouse.
Dream Up Space: community pop-up performance space in City Hall’s grassy field for local dance, puppet and theatre troupes to put on shows.
Poetry Parlor: a series of community storytelling, show-n-tells in 8th Street Baptist Church.
Rainbow Stations, a pilot project for provision of affordable artist studios in Fairmont’s neighborhood
World’s Children workshops, new in in-school art education classes with monthly assessments, emphasizing social justice and restorative approaches to building relationships with local children
Project timeline May 9, 2016- October 23, 2017
2016: May 9-15 Bridge Path/ May 30-June 5 Freedpeople Exhibition & Poetry Parlor/ June 14 Silverscreen /June 20-26 Dream-Up space & Adventure Sculpture Trail/ September 12-October 2 World’s Children Exhibition, Unity Market & Listening Trips. 2017: Alley Gardens, Homegrown Meals and Rainbow Station & glo performances
Unity in 3 Parts: A Rosenwald School Homecoming will amplify Griffin, Georgia’s restoration movement. By investing in community-based creative and education innovation at the planning stages of historic restoration, the community will realize its potential to succeed in contributing to and creating its own homeplace.
Led by conceptual artist Lauri Stallings, glo is a generative platform whose collaborative laboratory builds relationships, mixes identities and recognizes new possibilities through experimental works that induce vulnerability through constructed migrations of movement and community. A nomadic medium, glo's transhumance has included Creative Time, Big Boi of OutKast, Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony, The Goat Farm, and numerous Places In Peril across the American South.
Major project support for glo in 2016 has been provided by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Possible Futures, Mail Chimp and The Goat Farm Arts Center. We gratefully acknowledge public funding from Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and major support from Georgia Council for the Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, and Georgia Economic Development. Unity in 3 Parts is made possible with support by Griffin-Spalding Historical Society, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Griffin Downtown Development Association, and Fairmont community garden.
For more information, visit www.gloATL.org