If you live in a bustling capital or a popular second city it’s likely that you’ll be able to find community arts projects in your area with relative ease. For everyone else however you might find the closest art project can seem like a world away. Community projects are important, they can help bring people together whilst also bringing life to your local area. They add character to the world around you and change your home from a characterless town to a place that a community can be proud of.
Well if there’s nothing taking place in your own area maybe it’s time to roll up those sleeves and simply start something yourself, after all there are plenty of things you can do to brighten up your town, village, hamlet or whatever place you may call home. These things can be weird and wonderful or sensibly stylish, whatever suits your community best. If you’re serious about lifting spirits in your area here are a few possible choices that are relatively simple to get started with, though it should be said for some of these you will have to get permission from local councils or authorities in some way, they may even be able to help out. So, let’s see just what can be done.
Let’s start with the idea of temporary installations, this is a relatively simple way that everyone can get involved without having to worry about the complication of too much collaboration. The art projects themselves can be done separately and the community building comes with the completion of each individuals work, sharing it with other and discussing it, you can even make an event of it.
A great example of this kind of project is a scarecrow festival, in which residents in the community each build their own scarecrow in their gardens or on their doorsteps, wherever is best for them. These scarecrows can depict anything the creator wants and leave them out for around a week. Ask around, if people think it’s a good idea try and speak to someone in the council for support and advice. You could even offer out a prize for the best one as an incentive to join. Who knows, if it goes down well you may end up doing it again the next year, perhaps even the year after, before you know it you’ve created a local tradition that everyone can enjoy and look forward to.
Now obviously I don’t mean that you should just go out and vandalise a wall in your area, that would create the opposite of the kind of environment you’re aiming for here, no instead I’m talking about organised street art that can be enjoyed by everyone who passes and created by those in your area. Graffiti art is becoming more and more common within communities in an effort to spice up areas with particularly outdated architecture and drab buildings, to transform them from depressing environments into fun and uplifting ones.