Project 2013: Is Your Plate a Rainbow Plate?


 Creative Currency: Words to Live By

Project 2013: Is Your Plate a Rainbow Plate?

 

“Rainbow Plate” is a National Creative Collaborative that is focused on developing Healthy Communities. It combines Health Education with Visual Art, Storytelling and Technology.
Project Description

 
  1. We ask people to write their dreams on a chalkboard and then be photographed holding them. These photos capture each individual’s current reality and future aspirations.
  2.  We then, through this creative engagement, support participants in understanding the key role that a healthy lifestyle has in achieving their dreams.
  3. Sharing dreams and strategies connects all of us through our shared aspirations. Some dream of being a football star, some dream for better health care. Others dream of finding a job or finishing high school.

The Project Artists


Caryl Henry Alexander is Creative Director at Big Bang Banners.com. She conceives and directs visual arts projects with a focus on creative literacy, community collaboration and arts integrated academic curriculum. Her projects have been successful with multi-generational, multicultural and interfaith communities in diverse settings. Her paintings and installations are exhibited internationally. Ms Henry Alexander is a certified Urban Farmer and she grows organic veggies for her family. Bigbangbanners.com


Alpha Bruton

As a teaching artist she has developed and implemented artist in residency projects for various schools, neighborhoods, and developed curriculum for various arts service organizations in Chicago. She was a lecturer/textile artist for  ArtScape Chicago at Harold Washington College Continuing Education, and Department of Aging, independent contractor for Chicago Public Schools, and is currently listed as a teaching artist in the Illinois Arts Council AIE, she was part of the Oak Forest Hospital arts in health care initiative , facilitated programs Shanti Foundation for Peach and Social Justice, and was a teaching artist for Urban Gateways Center for Arts Education..

 

Rainbow Plate has three components.

 

Project Artists each conceive, design and create installations that will serve as backdrop for the participant’s photos.


“Taste the Arts Hon!” was a photo op installation at the Visionary Art Museum, in Baltimore, MD. It is a mixed media free standing mural. It’s goal was to highlight Baltimore culture at the culminating event of the YAMD national conference. Visitors were invited to create a digital postcard by using their cell phones to take pictures of themselves with their faces in the mural cutouts and share their fun at the event.


Storytelling

This is a community collaborative component of Rainbow Plate. Community participants tell their stories by using blackboards to write their dreams and get photographed for the online archive.

 
“The Inter-dependent Web” was a photo op installation* at the DC Green Festival. It combined a mural painted by myself, signs make by the community and technology to create an outreach booth for the UUSJ of the Washington Metro Region.

 

Technology

photographs can be cataloged and presented online for the broader community to curate, by using flicker, Photobucket, or Picasa

 
We at Creative Currency believe that healthy societies come about because people create them.

 We believe that art is an amazing intersection, where ideas, action and diverse cultures meet to find commonalities.


 

What’s involved?


·   People who want to share their dreams in a photo.

·   Volunteers

·   An installation created by the project artists.

·   A chalkboard or other sign on which to write your dreams.

·   A photographer, camera and tripod.

 

End of todays work


Where


When


How


Why


 


 


 


 


 


 


Our Creative Challenge


 

·       To bring the power of creative action to create partnerships with local residents and the local food movement 

 

·       To encourage creative solutions in creating a NEW NORM with visual messages that encourages healthy lifestyle choices

 

·       To encourage community support for locally based, self-reliant food economies that enhances the economic, environmental and social health of our community

 

·       To share the work with our communities

 

·       To facilitate collective action

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Description

 

We ask people to write their dreams on a chalkboard and then be photographed holding them. These photos capture each individual’s current reality and future aspirations.

 

We will through this creative engagement support participants in developing a greater understanding of the role that a healthy lifestyle is a key to achieving their dreams.

 

Sharing dreams connects all of us through our shared aspirations. Some dream of being a football star, some dream for better health care. Others dream of finding a job or finishing high school.

 

 

 

Is Your Plate a Rainbow Plate?is happening in communities around the country.

Making hand painted yard signs for the public square to confirm that it’s all about how we treat each other.

 

We are a Green project. The signs will be created from gleaned political signs, recycled cardboard, "ooops" (returned) house paint from local hardware stores, and other recycled and found objects.

 

Visit http://creative-currency.blogspot.com/


 

 


Creative Currency Pg 2


 


About Caryl Henry Alexander


Caryl Henry Alexander is Creative Director at Big Bang Banners.com. She conceives and directs visual arts projects with a focus on creative literacy, community collaboration and arts integrated academic curriculum. Her projects have been successful with multi generational, multicultural and interfaith communities in diverse settings. Her paintings and installations are exhibited internationally. Ms Henry Alexander is a certified Urban Farmer and she grows organic veggies for her family. Bigbangbanners.com

 

About Alpha Bruton


Alpha Bruton is she is the chief curator for the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network, where she coordinates exhibitions in alternative venues for installation artists, environmental artists, and conceptual artists to connect the arts with commerce.


 


 



 


 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow Plate is a next generation community art project for me as an artist because in the last 2 years I have been the creative catalyst for artworks in the community that have a purpose. They are described as follows:

 

“The Interdependant Web” was a photo op installation* at the DC Green Festival. It combined a mural painted by myself, signs make by the community and technology to create an outreach booth for the UUSJ of the Washington Metro Region.


 

 

Rainbow Plate has three components, Visual Art-Storytelling-Technology. I am requesting funding for the Visual Art and Storytelling components.

 

Visual Art: Research, development and creation of a 10ft x 6ft portable freestanding mural on the subject of a Rainbow plate is a healthy plate.

 

 

 

 “Global Work Day for the Environment” in partnership with 350.org was a photo op installation that’s goal was to assist the congregation a DMUUC in Temple Hills MD to define it’s goals for environmental action in their community. It combined a mural painted by myself, signs make by the community and hotography. The photographic results became and exhibition and presentation that documented the ideas of all members who participated.


 

Storytelling is the Community collaborative component of Rainbow Plate. These actions will take place at Prince Georges County Summer Festivals 2013. The project will be part of the community vending area at the Festival of Nations(May 2013) and the Lake Arbor Jazz Festival(July 2013) offering attendees opportunity to interact with the mural.

Their interaction will take the form of writing their own words on blackboards and taking photos in front of the mural to share with friends , family and community. By telling their personal stories in reference to Rainbow Plates and Healthy Hating I will be collecting a visual poll of where we are and what we are thinking as a community around healthy eating habits.

 

 “Taste the Arts Hon!” was a photo op installation at the Visionary Art Museum was a mixed media free standing mural. It’s goal was to highlight Baltimore culture at the culminating event of the YAMD national conference in May 2012. Visitors were invited to create a digital postcard by using their cell phones to take pictures of themselves with their faces in the mural cutouts and share their fun at the event.


 

How does this funding impact your project?

This funding is important as it supports me as an artist to develop and create an artwork for the community actions. It will buy supplies, travel expense and underwrite research and painting.

This funding will support fees, logistics and materials needed to create the community actions at the festivals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Creative Currency: Words to Live By” is a collaboration with Chicago Artist Alpha Bruton. Together using repurposed yard signs we lined the streets of communities  with positive signs that “advertize” the compassion intrinsic in all human beings, and stand in counterpoint to the negativity that is a constant part of too many human interactions these days!

 

The signs were created from gleaned yard signs from recycled cardboard, "ooops" (returned) house paint from local hardware stores, and other recycled and found objects.

 

The completed signs were strategically placed on city streets, freeway on-ramps, neighborhoods, and other public gathering places.

 

It is our goal, to uplift and strengthen our connection to our own humanity through creative public dialogue and action.

Feb-Research and Develop rainbow plate mural.

March-Begin painting mural, seek local farm collaborators for the festival sites, April-Paint and bring in partners

May-Festival of Nations July-Lake Arbor Jazz Festival

 

f. How is this project unique or innovative? 

For our county this project is a unique innovation on a standard boring artless festival vendor opportunity. It will bring the visual arts to the community where they are and ask that they respond on site.

The project takes the work that is done in an artists studio and at a community gathering and gives it world stage on an interactive website.

 

Technology plays an important role in the project as a website will be created to feature our collection of photos from the rainbow plate creative actions around the county. Ideas for curated collections of pics and community uploads are planned.

 

h. What method of evaluation will you use to define success?

Success is defined by completion of artwork on time and on budget, numbers of participants at community events and numbers of activity within our county and more broadly on the website.
 

Contact: Caryl Henry Alexander,  carylhenryalexander@gmail.com

Popular Posts