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November 2015
1. South Elm Weekend Upcoming Events 
2. South Elm Water Bar by Works Progress
3. The Porch Project: Black Lunch Tables by Heather Hart

4. Neighborhood Field Guides by Camp Little Hope
5. Elsewhere in the News
1. South Elm Weekend Upcoming Events - November 6, 7 & 8
Elsewhere is celebrating the final weekend of the 2015 season of neighborhood art and public programming with the launch of three new South Elm Projects. Featuring a weekend of events to open each project and a special public South Elm Reception and Happy Hour on Saturday from 5-7pm in The Yard behind Elsewhere. 
2. South Elm Water Bar by Works Progress Studio
The South Elm Water Bar by Works Progress Studio is a new piece of public furniture that explores the South Elm neighborhood's hydrosocial connection to water in the past, present and future. Water Bar is an ongoing itinerant open space for the generation of conversations and connections around the life-sustaining, precarious, communal activity of drinking tap water.

Works Progress is an artist-led LLC based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota led by wife-husband Collaborative Directors Shanai Matteson and Colin Kloecker. The studio engages an expansive network of artists, scientists, organizers, and other creative people to realize imaginative public projects rooted in place and purpose.

First Friday: South Elm Water Bar Opening | November 6

On Friday, November 6, from 6-10pm, First Friday Opening featuring the dedication of the South Elm Water Bar, at Elsewhere

The Water Bar will be open and serving local tap water all night long, staffed by employees and friends of the City of Greensboro's Water Resource Department.

On Saturday, November 7, from 5-7pm, South Elm Projects Reception and Happy Hour, The Yard behind Elsewhere

Cocktail hour and reception to celebrate a year of public art projects in the South Elm neighborhood. Featuring South Elm Water Bar tended by Guilford College’s Cape Fear River Basin Project. In The Yard behind Elsewhere (rain location: Elsewhere's Kitchen).
3. The Porch Project : Black Lunch Tables by Heather Hart
The Porch Project: Black Lunch Tables by Heather Hart is an interactive sculpture designed for intimate conversations and community events for Elsewhere's South Elm Projects. 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. 

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.

Opening Events November 7 + 8

On Saturday, November 7, from 12pm to 2pm, Community Potluck and Performance, the corner of Arlington and Bragg Streets
The public is invited to a community potluck and an afternoon of performances with the Smith High School step team.

On Sunday, November 8, at 11am and 2pm, Black Lunch Table, the corner of Arlington and Bragg Streets
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. Seating is limited, please contact Heather Hart at
  • For the 11am session, “Black Lunch Table”, artists of African descent are invited to be part of recording our histories, art history. 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. 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.
All events take place at the site of the project on the corner of Bragg Street and Arlington Street. Contact for more information. 
4. Neighborhood Field Guides by Camp Little Hope
Neighborhood Field Guides are a series of pocket publications that reroute local histories, inviting you to experience the neighborhood from three different conceptual perspectives. 

The Field Guides were developed through conversational research with South Elm residents and local experts this summer. The references and contributors are extensive: neighbors, professionals, architects, birdwatchers, botanists, geographers, historians, photo albums, municipal documents, meeting notes, advertisements, insurance maps, journals, archives, museums, and time spent walking around. 

Like all versions of history, these guides to South Elm are only part of the shared story of a nuanced place. They hope tourists and Greensboro residents alike will continue to discover new ways of seeing the South Elm neighborhood. 

Guides are available at Elsewhere, the Chamber of Commerce, at stores and tourist hubs around the neighborhood, and online at

Camp Little Hope is a team of artists. With a combined background in fine arts, education, design, economics, engineering, anthropology, and community engagement, they imagine new worlds through public artworks, curatorial interventions, designed artifacts, published information, and catalyzed epiphanies. 

South Elm Neighborhood Walking Tour | November 7

On Saturday, November 7 at 4pm, South Elm Neighborhood Walking Tour, starting at Elsewhere

Camp Little Hope in collaboration with The Chamber of Commons will lead a walking tour of the South Elm neighborhood. The walk will feature highlights from a series of neighborhood field guides they created to present new ways to see and understand the complex and nuanced histories of this place. The guided tour begins at Elsewhere at 4pm, rain or shine, or grab a set of guides and explore on your own.

More South Elm Projects:

See the public artworks already created throughout the neighborhood for South Elm Projects this season: Hopscotch by Agustina Woodgate, Neighborhood Murals by MILAGROS Collective, Blind Field Shuttle by Carmen Papalia, Kit-O-Cart by Chat Travieso, On Hamburger Square / Walk GSO by Samara Smith, The Yard by Greensboro Permaculture Guild and Common Grounds, and Vertical Landscapes by Buster Simpson. 

Upcoming later this month, the installation of The Book of Everyday Instruction, 
a series of four cast-aluminum historic plaques that document ongoing two-person interactions along South Elm Street by artist Chloë Bass. 
5. Elsewhere in the News

South Elm Projects artist Chloë Bass journals on her residency at Elsewhere in parts one and two of a three part series for Hyperallergic -- 
Learning Greensboro: When Personal Life Becomes Public History (Part 1)
Learning Greensboro: Records of Everydayness (Part 2)

For Cabinet Magainze Issue 57, Elsewhere Co-Founders George Scheer and Stephanie Sherman on the past and present of a postwar surplus store in North Carolina -- Leftovers / Surplus Meaning.

Dawn Kane with the Greensboro News & Record writes about South Elm Projects and the Elsewhere ethos -- Practicing 'hoardiculture' at Elsewhere.
Elsewhere is an artist-run, non-profit living museum and artist residency, set in a former thrift store in downtown Greensboro, NC. Utilizing the massive 58-year inventory, Elsewhere’s environment of art and everyday objects invokes new modes for creative response, living, doing, and exchanging in our downtown neighborhood and across the world.

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


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