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WHAT IS CREATIVE PLACEKEEPING?

“Creative Placemaking has been described as a process of community development that leverages outside public, private, and nonprofit funding to strategically shape and change the physical and social character of a neighborhood using arts and cultural activities… Across the country, “Creative Placekeeping” has come into usage as a counter to Placemaking. Placekeeping as the active care and maintenance of a place and its social fabric by the people who live and work there. It is not just preserving buildings but keeping the cultural memories associated with a locale alive, while supporting the ability of local people to maintain their way of life as they choose.” — U.S. Department of Arts & Culture

What is Public Art?

“Simply put public art is art in public spaces. Today, public art can take a wide range of forms, sizes, and scales—and can be temporary or permanent. It often interprets the history of the place, its people, and perhaps addresses a social or environmental issue. Public art can include murals, sculpture, memorials, integrated architectural or landscape architectural work, community art, digital new media, and even performances and festivals!” Americans for the Arts 

 

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Hope Springs Forth Brightly 

Celebrating African Americans Through Public Art

Artist Statement by Art Ecologie

Hope Springs Forth Brightly is a physical and spiritual reminder of the throbbing heart of the Black community demolished during urbanization– a heart being repaired with time and storytelling. On December 21, 1978, Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. presented city officials with a list of demolished or displaced establishments which he simply titled “Losses.” It accompanied a letter which began “In the East Riverside area, we have lost more than eleven hundred homes, six beauty parlors, five barber shops, five filling stations, fourteen grocery stores, three laundry mats, eight apartments, seven churches, three shoe shops, two cabinet shops, two auto body shops, one hotel, five funeral homes, one hospital, and three doctor’s offices.” A total of 16 types of businesses and residential areas. The combined total of 16 cubes on Eagle & Market Streets represent those losses and the mural map on Eagle Street represents the area of the BLOCK where they were once located. The Market Street installation represents the past and the Eagle Street installation represents the future.

The installation is an incredible collaborative artwork. It was the vision of Art Ecologie: Monique Luck, Flavia Lovatelli and Francisco Gonzalez. Created with care and with input from local artists, historical guides, community members, and children who contributed to the artworks. It also includes the amazing local talent of muralist Joseph Pearson, and literary artist Phylis Utley whose words infuse energy into the installation. 

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