MEETING PLACE is an arts-based community development project to increase pride, unity,
economic vibrancy and civic engagement with a diverse (economic, racial, ethnic, age, gender)
group of residents in four Portland neighborhoods. In September, participants will celebrate with a city-wide festival to share the art, stories and music with their neighbors. Participating neighborhoods include Bayside, Libbytown, East Bayside and the West End.
Meeting place is seeking volunteer artists and community members to help gather stories and create art. If you “live, work, play or love” any of these neighborhoods, you are encouraged to participate. If you have a story to tell you are also encouraged to participate.
In addition to the projects listed below, Bayside members are also working on a public art project called Phoenix Square that will take place in the Preble Street/Kennebec Street area on September 29 in Bayside. Please email us at Bayside_Neighbors@msn.com if you would like to volunteer or participate!
Each neighborhood has a lead artist who is working on the Gateway Arts Project for the neighborhood-wide festival in September:
“Libbytown Street Poems” led by Betsy Sholl, featuring stories edited into Poetry Sidewalk Stencils
“West End Snapshots” led by Tonee Harbert, featuring stories and photographs
“Bayside Stories” led by Daniel Minter, featuring stories and block print images on Art Cards
East Bayside “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors,” led by Tim Clorius, Jonathon Cook, Jan Piribeck, and Kelly Rioux, featuring Wire Fence Murals made with recycled materials
All the art work and stories generated will be exhibited in various neighborhood locations during
Meeting Place Neighborhood Open House Days:
September 22nd – Libbytown & West End
Sept 29th – Bayside and East Bayside.
Partners include Creative Portland, Portland Buy Local, Portland Trails, Portland Housing Authority,
Portland Adult Education, League of Young Voters, Maine Historical Society and the City of Portland.
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