THE LINES PROJECT
In "The Lines Project", local graphic designers will visually interpret famous lines by Alabama writers, poets and singer-song writers in large-scale graphics, which will be applied to storefront windows in Anniston's Historic Downtown District, a place we all share. Project partner: The Public Library of Anniston and Calhoun County.
"A Place to Be" is one program of work for ]CATALYST[ in 2017. This socially-engaged project leverages the Arts to bring attention to a serious problem in Anniston and surrounding communities: populations at risk. These are people who are one paycheck away from loosing everything--and those who already have.
Our location in the city's downtown historic district provides daily engagement with the homeless and near homeless. We listen to their stories, encourage their dreams, recognize them by name--but, we don't enable. Instead, we choose to share our greatest treasure, and truly, the only real thing we have as artists to give--our ability to be creative and the energy it generates.
Through this project we hope to send the message that all persons have a right to live with dignity and within a world made more equal and equitable through the Arts. Following are the projects we propose:
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In "Hope Gate", a large, metal armature located in Anniston's Historic Downtown District will be filled with colorful, metal tags that have been stamped by citizens with words of inspiration. When the gate is completely filled, a pattern will emerge. Tags will be available for stamping during community events. When the gate is complete, we hope to install it in a public greenspace.
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Using a paint-by-numbers approach, communities select a representative color and fill it in to create the mural. A series of art workshops will help community members develop their mural-making skills. Mural design and location TBD. Communities interested in participating should contact ]CATALYST[.
A Place to Be Project Partners include the Public Library of Anniston and Calhoun County, The Right Place, Main Street Anniston, Main Street Arts Project, Poetic Empowerment, Anniston City Schools, The Donoho School, Jacksonville State University Department of Art and numerous individual artists and designers. You can become a project partner! Contact CATALYST for details.
A Place to Be has received a 2017 Community Arts grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Additional financial and in-kind support is needed.
ANNISTON COUNCIL ON THE ARTS & HUMANITIES
P.O. BOX 6, ANNISTON, AL 36201 | 1224 Noble Street, Anniston, AL 36202
SITE DESIGN: S.R. DESIGN