The Issue: Lack of Public Spaces in Cities
As cities develop to make way for high rises and commercial centers, maintaining public space is not always a priority, which can make it more difficult for families in urban areas to find meaningful activities for their children. However, using public parks to sponsor cultural events can serve the dual purpose of promoting the value of public spaces as social centers and fostering artistic engagement and physical activity in youth. When public spaces become gathering places, the benefits can affect whole neighborhoods.
The Campaign: Hosting Free Art Camps in Public Parks
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by LAND studio to fund art camps that are open to the public in local neighborhoods. For every $300 raised, the organization can fund a one-day art camp at a public park. Art camps draw on local artists and community members to create works of beauty in local parks. The camps host a variety of events suggested by community members and local organizations, ranging from birdhouse-painting classes and jump roping with 10–20 students to large concerts that can draw crowds in the hundreds. One recent event featured local artist Nicole McGee, who uses recycled materials to create jewelry, art, and accessories. During her class, she taught a group of local youth how to upcycle items into wearable art. These events run throughout the summer and many of the events end with an ice-cream-sandwich snack.
LAND studio developed out of a merger between ParkWorks, which had been cleaning public spaces, and Cleveland Public Art, which beautified those spaces. Now, operating together as LAND studio, the team helps community groups, government agencies, artists, and local businesses organize and raise funds to execute collaborative plans that shape Cleveland's public spaces in innovative ways. Projects supported by LAND studio include the Public Square redesign, which will make the historical downtown space a more attractive destination for families and workers, and ParkArts, which provides summer arts programs for thousands of children and their parents throughout Cleveland's neighborhood parks.
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