Residents of Paonia are coming together to build artistic walls, garden spaces, and benches in the alley behind Grand Avenuew next to Elsewhere Art Studios at 3rd and Grand Avenue this summer.
North Fork Creative Coalition, Paonia Village Building Convergence (VBC), and the Paonia Eats Project have coordinated North Fork Valley artists, gardeners, builders and neighbors of Grand Avenue to participate in the creation of the "alley artscape" this June 27-30 and July 3.
Participants will learn how and help build a wall using cob, straw bail and palettes, sculpt a mural, help in the biodynamic community garden, attend workshops, dance, and play throughout the five-day space transformation.
Paonia's alleyway project is just one of many city-repair projects happening across the country this year as part of The Village Building Convergence — a national movement to build vibrant public spaces. VBC was originally founded in Portland, Ore., as a grassroots neighborhood improvement program and has since spread across the nation as a model place-making initiative. Lauren Ziccardi, youth educator living in Paonia, first participated at the VBC in her former home of Olympia, Wash. "150-200 people live in a 2-3 block radius; that is so many people with great ideas for where we live. When people ask who creates everything we love in this neighborhood ... I want to answer — us!"
A "Place Making and Booty Shaking" dance party fundraiser for the project will take place on Saturday, June 15, at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts from 6 to 11 p.m., featuring local economy speaker Chris Yates, VBC leader Lauren Ziccardi, Paonia Eats Project leader Carin Tobias and live music from the Strolling Scones and Paul Sammons. A $10 donation is suggested for entry.blog comments powered by Disqus