CEC Artslink presents Publicly Creative: A Public Art Workshop. Public art is a fast-growing discipline with many unexplored opportunities for artists and communities. This workshop is a hands-on intensive introduction to the field, outlining resources, logistics, opportunities, and examples of successful collaborations. Recognizing artistic initiative as a valuable asset and a catalyst for a dialogue and transformation, we will explore how site-specific collaborations in varied cultural, geographic and political areas can influence business, social awareness and economic development. Encouraging close inspection of the particular issues faced by a specific New York community chosen by the participants, the workshop and the resulting public art work(s) will provide a unique platform for the participants and the public to explore and appropriate the city’s landscapes.

May 16, 2011

History Scavenger Hunt: First Two Signs Up

What fascinates me the most about New York City's history is the way different groups of people have inhabited areas for centuries, constantly re-shaping and re-defining the way spaces are used and interpreted. What I'd like to do over the summer is install several signs or other markers giving clues that direct people to historical locations which tell the story of those who have lived in Lower Manhattan. This would take the form of a scavenger hunt, an activity that invites passersby to discover previously unknown histories of the area they are in. I would love to collaborate with anyone who is interested, and thank you to those who have contributed really awesome ideas on how to make this project more interactive.

Today I put up the first two signs, one clue and one answer, in Chinatown. Since it was raining, a tarp covering a street vendor's cart partially obstructed the view of the first sign, but I think you can still see it okay today.

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