A struggling community can often feel like a sinking a ship, a town, a district or a village that just doesn’t seem to inspire anybody living there. It can be a real drag living in an area like this. Odds are there have been several times you’ve thought to yourself about how you could make where you live a better place. Maybe you’ve even tried things yourself that haven’t worked? Well if that’s the case, don’t dismay, sometimes we try things and people don’t get on board but don’t give up, instead why not try engaging your community with an art project? There are plenty of benefits to doing this, let’s take a look at some of those now and you can see whether or not you feel like your area will thrive thanks to one of these.
It Benefits Public Spaces
Communities thrive in public spaces, marketplaces, libraries, parks, by creating projects in these spaces you’ll be bringing people into them and encouraging interaction between the people of your home. Communities are of course built on this communication. Unfortunately, planners have focused on creating places that encourage unimpeded movement and vehicle storage rather than creating places that force interaction between people. You can attempt to bring people back to these public spaces with art projects, they’ll peak people’s interest and get communicating with each other, not to mention create a sense of pride and ownership which also helps foster a great sense of community.
Celebrations Increase Participation
Art projects doesn’t have to be limited to painting or sculptures, things like music, crafts, even film can be utilised to interest the civic population. Take advantage of the seasons and their events, any notable calendar day is a great excuse for a celebration where you can involve all of these things. Think of things like fireworks on bonfire night, live music in the summer, maybe a film festival and the Christmas lights turn on is always a pleaser. Make the most of these events and if done properly you’ll find more and more people will get involved, again encouraging interaction with each other and further creating that sense of community that is so needed.
Engaging Younger Members of the Community
It’s easy to think that parents and schools are there to deal with children and in order to build a better community you’re best off appeasing to the adults. That simply isn’t true. It’s so important that you think of engaging the youth with your projects too, every community contains families and by engaging the children you are engaging their parents too. By creating projects that are kid friendly you’re also instilling that sense of community within them at a young age which helps create the foundations of a lasting one. Offer things to them they won’t necessarily get at home or at school and you’ll be doing great things to lift your community out of the gutter.