7 Inspirational Community Arts Projects – Part 2

CONS Project Los Angeles in Los Angeles, CA

The project, established by Converse Inc., is No.2 in a charitable series of arts projects that the clothing brand designed with the purpose of supporting a new generation of artists should through art, music, sport, and style. The first project was developed in 2013 in Brooklyn and offers an opportunity to local youth through such local projects as “How to Record Rock Music” and “How to Make Beats”. The second project offers complimentary workshops to children aged over 15 and sees both emerging and established artists lead a number of educational activities.

Still Running: A Boston Art Marathon in Boston, MA

Two students from Boston University started this project after the 2013 marathon bombing in Boston. It was established with the aim of celebrating Boston and to go some way towards healing the neighbourhoods in the city. Taylor Mortell and Luca De Gaetano established the project, which is composed of three elements. Still Running provides a number of community exhibitions that showcase work submitted by contributors from all over the U.S.

The project also encourages fundraising through sales of t-shirts and buttons that have been designed by contributing creatives. The proceeds from this fundraising go toward those who the bombing has affected. They also run “art marathons” on a regular basis that create jobs for such first responders as hospitals and firefighters. The marathons engage and involve local communities, as well as facilitate healing.

The Incredible Edible Park in Irvine, CA

The project, which started in Irvine, California in 1999, provides close to 100,000 pounds of organic produce to in-need residents every year. It covers 7.5 acres and includes edible crops, in addition to 80 fruit trees. Established on an unused easement, it saves the city close to $4,500 per year in weed control. The park is harvested and maintained by local volunteers. The Second Harvest Food Bank donates the food that feeds almost 200,000 people a year. A project that promotes both community spirit and sustainability, it was among the first of its kind and has encouraged others to establish community gardens across the U.S.

IRVINE,CA., MARCH 31, 2009; Christopher Cottrell, a fourth grade student from Anderson Elementary School (Newport each) studies a head of romaine lettuce at the Incredible Edible Park in Irvine March 31, 2009. The students from Anderson and Cal State Fullerton picked about 1500 pounds of cabbage, lettuce, onions and lemons that will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank while learning a hands-on lesson about Cesar Chavez and the farm workers (Photo by Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Heidelberg Project in Detroit, MI

In 1986, a gentleman by the name of Tyree Guyton, along with Grandpa Sam, decided that they wished to establish an outside art environment to help the neighbourhood that Guyton grew up in. It had been affected greatly by the riots that took place in the 1960’s and so he wished to use art to breathe new life into his hometown. Along with help from his grandpa, Guyton started to paint multiple abandoned and dilapidated buildings with bright polka dots.

Affixing large objects, paint boards, and mosaics to a large number of the buildings, the two men determined quickly that the region, which was once one which people were too scared to walk in, provided the locals with pride. The organisation utilises art in order to encourage dialogue and runs free workshops for young adults to build self-confidence and creativity.