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ARTSlaunch Germantown Reintroduces Engagement Project

Post Date:04/24/2020 1:00 PM
The ARTSlaunch Germantown team is currently in the second phase of determining how to build a public art program and determining where to place public art throughout the community. This phase focuses on gathering community input via creative engagement and a series of highly interactive events in order to craft a narrative about Germantown and learn more about the values of the community.
 
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ARTSlaunch team worked with local artists Lindsay Julian and Yancy Villa Calvo to develop a project called "Colors of the Heart.”  The initial project planned to deploy an art cart that activated people's creativity and asked participants to answer the question of “What is the Heart of Germantown?” and select their answer from a list of attributes. Initially, the team planned to include participant responses in a temporary public art piece outside The Grove. The art cart was able to be taken to 3 of 30 planned community events and received enthusiastic support for public art programming in our city. With the cancellations of many community events and the Shelter-in-Place order, the ARTSlaunch team had to rethink the interactive components of this project. 
 
The ARTSlaunch team has reintroduced the “Colors of the Heart” project and began to mail a postcard to every household in Germantown. In this new version, the team has deployed a social media campaign to engage residents in a new activity that supports community unification while connecting to Germantown’s core values. Engaging the community in unifying acts of creativity are essential and welcomed during unprecedented times that are keeping us apart. 

To learn more about the public art master plan process and opportunities to contribute, visit http://artslaunchgermantown.com/.
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