Art has the power to break down barriers and allow for expression

PACE (Public Art Civic Engagement), pairs artists with neighbors to define future public art projects that fit wants, needs, and desires of the people that will experience it the most, through art-making-centered conversations. PACE artists foster deeper connections within the community to create more meaningful works of public art with the people for whom it matters most.  

From October - December 2018, artist Josh Graupera will use a roving pushcart, inspired by carts used by local Latino entrepreneurs selling water ice, fruits, is a new mechanism to further community-centered dialogue and provide outreach about the PACE program. The cart opens to become a printmaking station and serves as a community information exchange hub.

Josh will be working from the cart at various community events but will also be roaming the streets in Southeast Lancaster to start conversations with neighbors there.

PACE Works in Phases:

PHASE ONE (CONVERSATIONS)                                                                                                                                                                                                 Critical questions about what makes a community, a home, a neighborhood will anchor the discussions. Through this interaction, areas for improvement and ideas are identified by participants, as well as ways to bolster projects already in the making.

PHASE TWO (PROJECT BUILDING)                                                                                                                                                                                              In the years to follow, Lancaster Public Art will implement public art projects based on the community input.

Artists again work with the community to access the effectiveness of the new projects and gather more input for future.


This summer at artist-led gatherings and workshops in Southeast Lancaster, residents were asked to contemplate: "What places in your community would you like to transform or enhance with art?", 'How has your neighborhood helped shape you/your community?", and "How does your culture or traditions influence your community? Your home?" to inform planning of future projects.  

Originally from Southeast Lancaster, Josh is a social practice artist who lives in Philly. he is conducting community gatherings and workshops this summer throughout Lancaster's Southeast neighborhoods.


Check out these pictures below from the first four community workshops! And read about them in our news section.