While in P-town I talked with potter Paul Wisotzky about my interest in the work of professor Michael Strand and the ArtStimulus Project. If you haven’t looked at yet, I highly recommend it. We had a terrific brainstorm about how to involve artists and non-artists alike in the process of making art. This led us to a conversation about the development of the community park built in Truro.

Organization Leathers and Associates have helped communities nationwide build their own playgrounds. They came to Truro and asked the elementary school students what they would love to see in their playground. They took their ideas and went to the drawing board and came back with a uniquely-taylored playground design. The community took it from there raising money, garnering donations and building a volunteer base.

To raise money  community members were invited to pay $10 and create a handpainted tile to be installed in the playground area. This also increased visibility and brought those who created tiles to then participate in the construction of the park which happened in just five days.  Local artists contributed their skills in stained glass, illustration, and mosaics. It really is amazing. To read more of the details, check out this article at Cape Cod Today.

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