Photos by Michelle Johnsen
From October - December 2018, artist Josh Graupera used a roving pushcart, inspired by carts used by local Latino entrepreneurs selling water ice, fruits, as a new mechanism to further community-centered dialogue through the arts. The cart opens to become a printmaking station and serves as a community information exchange hub. This is all part of a creative placemaking initiative called PACE.
PACE (Public Art Community 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.
Art has the power to break down barriers and allow for expression.
During the summer of 2018, Graupera 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.
Photos by Miguelina Sejo