For Immediate Release
April 1, 2015
Elsewhere commissions Artists for Artscaping Projects in Downtown Greensboro
Elsewhere--a living museum and artist residency set within a three-story former thrift store--is pleased to present South Elm Projects, a season of artscaping commissions for 14 national artists and collectives that will activate underutilized alleys and greenspaces in downtown Greensboroâ€™s South Elm neighborhood.
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. As Greensboroâ€™s downtown is undergoing rapid cultural and economic development, Elsewhere fosters a collaborative culture supportive of grassroots imaginations, creative leadership, and experimental models for civic engagement. South Elm Projects will amplify Elsewhereâ€™s public practice and repurposeful ethos --commissioning 14 artists, collectives, and designers to create public and participatory projects within four neighborhood sites.
Funded by ArtPlace America, South Elm Projects brings together artists and neighbors to create public artworks that further civic engagement, public commons and urban wilds in advance of and with development. Commissioned artists include: Chloe Bass, Camp Little Hope, Greensboro Permaculture Guild, Heather Hart, Milagros Collective, Megan Mosholder, Carmen Papalia, Poncili CreaciÃ³n, Tom Russotti, Buster Simpson, Samara Smith, Chat Travieso, Agustina Woodgate, and Works Progress.
From April through November, artists will work with Elsewhereâ€™s curators, neighbors, small businesses, social agencies, arts and community leaders to design works that address critical issues and encourage smart approaches to ecology, social infrastructure, and urban placemaking in Greensboro. Commissioned artworks will take form as greenscaping, light art, murals, and participatory sculpture and performance that enhances community investment, civic participation, and grassroots creativity.
Follow along with the process online at http://goelsewhere.org/southelmprojects.
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, The Phillips Foundation, The Carol & Seymour Levin Foundation, Art Matters & friends like you.