Lisa Boyles, who turned a vacant lot into a beautiful meditation space and labyrinth, is coordinating a new project in her neighborhood. Her energy and drive are truly inspiring. In fact, when I read that she spent part of her birthday volunteering, it moved me to spend part of my birthday helping with her latest project. Check out what she’s up to in today’s guest post.
Guest post by Lisa Boyles
Imagine people of all ages working together to improve their neighborhood. Think of a city unified through installations of art painted by community members. By designing a series of geometric projects, Andrew Severns has a vision for public art in the city of Indianapolis that can accomplish these things.
He says that the geometric uniformity among murals and other pieces of art will ensure its strength and timelessness while giving a well-defined look to the city at large. And through the outlines of shapes that Severns provides, those who help paint have a guide for creating a beautiful piece of art.
The project at the corner of East 10th Street and North Sherman Drive is part of a larger series along the railroad underpasses in the Rivoli Park Neighborhood. The areas where these projects are planned need care and attention. By creating art that is participatory, people in the community can feel a sense of ownership of these previously neglected corridors.
The geometric style that Andrew uses reminds me of the colored pieces in a kaleidoscope. These shapes interconnect to make a pattern representative of the many different people in our neighborhood living together. It has been terrific to see so many people coming together to paint the mural at this busy intersection—and to hear the honks of approval and positive comments of people driving by.
Students, teachers and parents from the Paramount School of Excellence participated in this mural project. The students seem especially excited to be a part of something positive that will have a lasting impact in their neighborhood.
Everyone who has donated or volunteered will have his or her name (or a dedication) alongside the edge of a section of the mural. When people think of their dedication, they are encouraged to also think of a meditation or intention to be a part of creating a better community. We will all share our thoughts about the project at a celebration party at the culmination of the first phase of the project on November 22nd.
The online fundraiser for the Rivoli Park Mural Project continues through Friday, November 7th. An investment in this project is an investment in community. Check out the incentives and details here.
Reblogged this on Rivoli Park Neighborhood and commented:
Thank you to Shawndra Miller for volunteering for this project and for allowing me to guest blog about it on her site, shawndramiller.com. I am reblogging it here to start a neighborhood blog of projects and places that engage the community.
I love all the community art initiatives…they do bring people together…vibrant colors are a happy site…especially now as we go into a time of ‘minimal color’
Yes, it is great to see our city bloom with art!
Nice job, Lisa. It was fun to participate in this project.
It was great to be a part of such a community project. We are going to continue on with beautification in the Spring of 2015 on N 9th Street between Kealing Ave and Sherman Dr. Let me know if you want to be a participant in our continued efforts. Lisa Boyles
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