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Community Art is one way for local people to connect up and build a strong local identity. Art media are chosen that encourage maximum participation. Locals get to meet one another and spend time in a creative activity. It's fun!
The City of Charles Sturt supported community group Hindmarsh Greening to coordinate an "Intersection Repair" on the corner of Fifth Street and Drayton Street, Bowden. Intersection Repair is the community led conversion of an urban street intersection into a space signalling community presence and involvement. The aim is to calm traffic and build community and neighbourhood connections, and brighten and change the road space so it becomes a "place". Artist Helen Crawford worked with students from Immaculate Heart of Mary School to develop the design and the students were involved with the painting day on Sunday 29 May 2011, along with local residents. See the videos below:
This project was originally a Safe Routes to School project with the goal of 'improving the road safety of children travelling in their local area'. However, it provided an excellent chance for local residents, the Seaton Park Primary School community and the Seaton Central community to join the City of Charles Sturt in a community art project.
The City of Charles Sturt funded a local artist in residence to work with the school and Seaton Central communities to create a range of images that were scanned and printed onto steel signs and erected adjacent the Safe Routes to School walkway and the entrances to the Seaton Central site.
The area adjacent the Safe Routes to School walkway was landscaped to enable safer and more enjoyable pedestrian movement and students, staff and families of the school and Seaton Central laid river stones in the concrete border of the landscaped area to symbolise their connection with one another and to the local area.
Stobie poles were also painted by the school community to complete the new precinct and demonstrate community pride. See photos below.
In October 2007, Council held a Parks Alive! event in M. J. McInerney Reserve to gather local community together and to hear from locals. Locals told us that they felt really connected to this local reserve, that they walked their dogs, played with their children, held informal soccer games and met friends for bbqs. However may locals were concerned about the deteriorating art work in the reserve. They told us that the archway was the first of the artworks that they would like reinvigorated. They also told us that they were keen to do a mosaic project. After many conversations, we combined these ideas and set about this work together.
Under the guidance of the local residents group- Residents of the Inner North West Adelaide Incorporated- a series of workshops were held in the West Croydon RSL hall around the corner from M. J. McInerney Reserve. Over Winter 2008, more than 100 local residents and school children crafted beautiful mosaic works that speak about their connection to M J McInerney Reserve. These works were installed along two plinths at the base of the archway on the western side of the reserve.
In October 2008, Council held another Parks Alive! event in M. J. McInerney Reserve where the local community gathered together for a celebration. With much excitement we launched our mosaic @ mcinerney community art project. See photos below.