Traveling Community Public Art Project
An interactive, community-building public art project that will travel throughout Pinellas County
SPACEcraft consists of a set of two brightly colored, reimagined and redesigned shipping containers that will be used to create a temporary home for interactive activities and shared art experiences that feature programming on the themes of Make/Play and Read/Grow. The project will reflect and respond to each community it visits, tailoring experience to each location with support from local teachers, artists and more.
By repurposing locally sourced shipping containers, the project takes products of modern consumption and turns them into creative spaces. The containers will also harvest rainwater and run on solar power, allowing the variety of resources that Pinellas County offers to shift how the people can see both spaces and themselves.
The Make/Play space will focus on creation and play for all sorts of folks.
The Make space could include:
- Art workshops
- Maker-space programs
- Tool and equipment demos
The Play space could include:
- Board games
- Playground games
The Read/Grow space will dedicate itself to reading and writing, as well as growth in various forms.
The Read space could include:
- Poetry readings
- Free-exchange library
- Writing workshops
The Grow space could include:
- Horticulture Classes
How does this connect to Pinellas County?
Each host community will be asked to share what they feel they need the most from these Make/Play and Read/Grow spaces. This way, the residents can bring something of themselves to the project and the programming shapes itself around the neighborhoods that the project visits.
Together, the artists want to make sure that SPACEcraft can reach as many communities as possible and enable participants to see themselves as creative beings, letting art take root and grow in everyday life through active social engagement.
Carrie Boucher explores how people relate to one another while engaging with interactive materials presented in a public setting. Through her current project, the NOMAD Art Bus, Carrie provides democratic access to open-ended creative engagement, empowering communities and finding the gaps, facilitating experiences for people who wouldn’t normally have access. In her work with the Art Bus she attempts to address inequity through direct action, as well as by organizing and empowering a network of creative support around those who lack access.
Bridget Elmer is the coordinator of the Letterpress and Book Arts Center at the Ringling College of Art and Design, and she also owns the Print St. Pete Community Letterpress and Southern Letterpress. Her work focuses on providing hands-on education of the old-world crafts of papermaking, bookbinding, and using antique letterpresses to create new and exciting art.
Mitzi Gordon is a community organizer who has worked with community- and arts-related groups such as CARMADA, the SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival and the St. Pete Women’s Collective. She also runs the Bluebird Books Bus, a traveling library that promotes book culture through literacy, expression and craft.
Project selected by jury.