This summer, the Charleston Area Alliance has hired me to create an interactive art project for their Streetfest block party series on Capitol Street in downtown Charleston. I am setting up at three Streetfest events this year, the final will be happening on August 26th, 4:30pm – 9pm.
Attendees at the block party find an arrangement of furniture that looks somewhat like a den or study room, but set up outdoors. They are offered paper and pencils, invited to sit at a desk or table, and asked to contribute a drawing based on the word “community.”
What does community mean, what does it look like, or what should it look like? Stencils, stamps, rulers and reference books are also made available to assist with the drawing process.
Following my final Streetfest event in August, I will use all the collected drawings to create a large-scale, colorful painting, which will be displayed in a downtown storefront window. All of the contributors will be able to find their drawings somewhere in the painting and see how I interpreted them.
The end product will be a painting about community, created by the community of Charleston.
I’ll continue to post updates about the project on The Hub’s blog. You can also follow this and all of my other community art projects at facebook.com/jackohearnart.