There’s been progress at the Arches site and more planning is afoot.
(A refresher: We’re doing some creative placemaking, guided by neighborhood goals, led by local artists, and funded by the NEA and the City of Roanoke. Want an overview? Watch a short presentation here.)
Here’s the update:
Sand has been cleared from the sandbox and artist Polly Branch is beginning work.
The footers of the bridge have received a base coat from artist Dan Kuehl. Stop by frequently to see what emerges from the minds and hands of the artist and his team of Patrick Henry High School Students.
Dates are set for performances under the bridge on four Saturdays in September. Each event will take place at 11 am and feature performance of books for our City’s youngest residents from Virginia Children’s Theatre.
Signs at the site let Greenway users know what’s coming.
Polly Branch and Daniel Kuehl have begun work on their respective projects, staging materials and cleaning the footers. As soon as debris is removed from the sandbox, Polly will begin work. Dan will rally students from Patrick Henry High School not long after the Independence Day holiday.
Check for progress as you take you strolls along the greenway, and mark you calendar for the four children story hours by Virginia Children’s Theatre — every Saturday in September at 11 AM.
In three community planning meetings, a group of more than thirty community members and artists helped developed a call for proposals for the Arches project. The City of Roanoke Arts Commission is excited about this community-driven process. We can’t wait to see what projects artist teams put forward to create a stronger place on the greenway under the magnificent arches of Memorial Bridge.
Goals include the creation of a gathering space that attracts and celebrates the diversity of our community though a participatory art project. The project might be one big installation or a combination of several components.
Creative teams and neighbors, come on out — July 10th at 5:30 PM to Mountain View Recreation Center for our final session on creative placemaking. This will be the last session and the announcement of the call for proposals. Here’s our agenda:
Catching up: What more have we learned about the site?
Examples of community-driven art projects
Recent local projects
Best practices for community-driven art and artist-community partnerships
Join us on May 29th at 5 PM for the kick off of a new community based approach to public art and stronger neighborhoods. Our pilot project will be at the intersection of four neighborhoods and the Roanoke River Greenway.
Mountain View Rec. Center 714 13th Street, SW
We’ll visit the site under the Memorial Bridge arches, tell stories, and brainstorm potential projects. Bring your neighbors from Norwich, Mountain View, Wasena, and Raleigh Court as we learn together about each other, and our community, and together work to make it even better.