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The Porch Project, Black Lunch Tables by Heather Hart
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2015
Contact : production@goelsewhere.org

POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 24 + 25: Opening Events for â€œThe Porch Project: Black Lunch Tables” by Artist Heather Hart with Community Potluck and Artist-Led Conversation Series for Elsewhere’s South Elm Projects 

[Greensboro, NC] - Due to the inclement weather forecast, the opening events for "The Porch Project: Black Lunch Tables" scheduled for this weekend have been postponed to Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25.

On October 24 and 25, Elsewhere and artist Heather Hart will host the opening events for her commissioned project, “The Porch Project: Black Lunch Tables.” The Porch Project was created for Elsewhere’s South Elm Projects. The opening events will take place at the site of the project at the grassy lot at the corner of Bragg Street and Arlington Street in Downtown Greensboro.

On Saturday, October 24, from 12pm to 2pm, Community Potluck and Performance
The public is invited to a community potluck and an afternoon of performances organized by Jazmin Bailey of the Gamma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. at A&T State University. This event, which includes step and spoken word performances, alongside food from The House of Prayer for All People, is free and open to the public, no need to RSVP. Bring a dish to share and is suggested, but not required.

On Sunday, October 25, at 11am and 2pm, Black Lunch Table
Heather Hart and collaborator Jina Valentine host a conversation series that addresses issues facing artists of color in our area and support for black communities in Greensboro.

For the 11am session, “Black Lunch Table”, artists of African descent are invited to be part of recording our histories, art history. The event is free, but RSVP is required as seating is limited, please contact Heather Hart at blacklunchtable@gmail.com to participate.  It is part of Hart’s ten year practice of holding salon style conversations for Black artists across the country to consider their perspectives on arts production and participation in community change. 

For the 2pm session, “Black Lunch Table: Black Lives Matter”, the public is invited to be part of an integrated table recording our ideas, sharing our thoughts and forming new connections with fellow community members. The event is free, but RSVP is required as seating is limited, please contact Heather Hart at blacklunchtable@gmail.com to participate. 

Using the idea of the lunch table as a discursive site where social connections are made, actions are organized, social hierarchies revealed, and power dynamics are played out, this session will offer focused conversations on the divisions and connections that exist within our community, while also laying out new productive relationships to continue the movement for dismantling institutional racism.

About The Porch Project, Black Lunch Tables 
The Porch Project: Black Lunch Tables is an interactive sculpture designed for intimate conversations and community events. It takes the lunchroom phenomenon of self-segregation as its starting point, evoking the pivotal Greensboro sit-ins at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in 1960. While its form is based on principles of sacred geometry and Dunbar’s Number, a theory of the perfect threshold of a functional conversation. These tables for five might also serve as an activated memorial for the Greensboro Five: Sandi Smith, Dr. James Waller, Bill Sampson, Cesar Cauce, Dr. Michael Nathan. This Porch Project reserves a place for conversation among neighbors, and a space to consider and challenge the evolving socio-political landscape at this intersection of our community. 

This site is open and available to the public during daylight hours. For more information on the work, or to host an event here, please contact Elsewhere at museum@goelsewhere.org, or visit us at 606 South Elm Street.

The Porch Project is the signature project of Elsewhere's South Elm Projects Program- a vital and complex project that allows us to develop crucial community relationships and our understanding of arts capacity to effect social change together.

After the launch of the project in October, the site will be available for ongoing community activation. Contact Elsewhere Program Curator, Jennie Carlisle for more details at: production@goelsewhere.org.

About the Artist
Heather Hart is based in Brooklyn. She was an artist-in-residence at LMCC, Whitney ISP, shown at The Drawing Center, Seattle Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum and reviewed in Art in America, NY Times, and Seattle Times. Hart received grants from Joan Mitchell Foundation, Jerome Foundation and her MFA from Rutgers.

About South Elm Projects
Funded by ArtPlace America, South Elm Projects brings national artists and collectives together with neighbors to create public artworks that further civic engagement, public commons and urban wilds in advance of and with development. For more about South Elm Projects please visit, goelsewhere.org/southelmprojects

About Elsewhere
Elsewhere is a non-profit living museum and artist residency program set with a three-story former thrift store. Since 2003, Elsewhere has been transforming its former store and its vast material collection into a living museum that serves as a hub for local and global collaborations. goelsewhere.org

Elsewhere is funded in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, ArtPlace America, The Kresge Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The North Carolina Arts Council, ArtsGreensboro, Tannenbaum Sternberger Foundation, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, The Fund for Democratic Communities, The Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Guilford Green Foundation, The Harpo Foundation, The Gallucci Creative Fund, Lincoln Financial Foundation, Art Matters & friends like you.

 

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