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Archive for the month “October, 2012”

October Arts Council Art Market – Big Numbers for a Big Day!!!

This is a momentous post for two reasons:

First, this marks the 40th blog post for Project Create!!! I know 40 seems like an odd number to celebrate, but I am in a celebratory mood and our 40th post is 40 more than zero, which is where we would be if Project Create didn’t exist.

Secondly (and probably more importantly), I want to fill you all in on the great day we had on Saturday at the Arts Council Of New Orleans Arts Market. It was a cold and blustery New Orleans afternoon (I think maybe around 60 degrees), which is certainly not what I had anticipated the hot south to be like, but I am not complaining! Nevertheless, the New Orleans community braved the chill and the market was jam packed.

Project Create’s Children’s Painting Booth produced 62 paintings. Sixty Two!!! This. Is. Incredible. In one day, because of Project Create, there are 62 more artwork in the world. This brings our total up to 108 new artists!

Check out the photos from the event!

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Faubourg Delassize: A Night Out Against Crime

A few weeks ago, Project Create had the amazing opportunity to provide and participate in a community art project at the Faubourg Delassize neighborhood’s Night Out Against Crime. The event was put on by Jericho Road, a New Orleans housing initiative that helps provide affordable and energy-efficient housing opportunities.

I was contacted by one of Jericho Road’s community developers, Caitlyn, who was actually one of Project Create’s first painters at the OCH Art Market in September (check out her painting here)! She had remembered our company and reached out to me to provide art entertainment at the event. Talk about AWESOME!!!

The Night Out Against Crime was part of the nationwide effort to promote crime prevention and awareness. What a great event for PC to be a part of!

The Faubourg Delassize is a very close knit community in the Central City area of New Orleans, and there was an overwhelming level of participation and acceptance of Project Create’s group art project. We created a Wish Board using the Delassize community symbol. I had pre-cut the symbol out of reclaimed wood, and all of the materials cost less than $20 total. With over 30 participants, the group artwork was made for less than 75 cents per person!!!

The Wish Board represents the hopes and dreams of the community, with each participant writing down their dreams on a ribbon (we used surveyors flagging tape, so it would withstand the elements). We then tied the ribbons onto the board (attaching them to screws that were screwed around the border of the symbol). The ribbons were weaved in and out of each other and around the screw border, creating a fabric of dreams and wishes for the community. We installed the piece at the corner of Saratoge and Seventh Streets, on the fence surrounding the city owned, abandoned lot. That location was chosen to represent the community’s desire and ability to beautify their own neighborhood with their own hands.

Here are the pictures from the night!

It is for events like these that Project Create exists. People being creative just for fun. We had a great time that night, and look forward to participating in similar events. If you know have anything you would like Project Create to provide art entertainment for (including birthday parties!), please reach out to Jordan Frankel at jordanfrankel@projectcreatenola.org. Also, to keep free events like the Night Out Against Crime happening, please DONATE to Project Create!!!

Finally in the Big Leagues: Free Children’s Art Event at the Arts Council of New Orleans Arts Market

Well I can say with no small amount of pride that Project Create has made it big!!! We are now working in association with the Arts Council of New Orleans to provide an activity booth for kids at the Arts Market this weekend…as in the Arts Council actually contacted Project Create and hired us (enter screams and shouts of glee and merriment)!!!!!!!!!

So come on down tomorrow  (10/27) to Palmer Park (on the corner of Carrollton and Claiborne). We will be there from 10 till 3:30 with painting activities for your kids! And don’t worry, parents and adults can paint too (if you ask nicely…).

For more information click here.

October OCH Art Market – 31 Brand New Artists!!!

We had another great day last Saturday at the OCH Art Market. We had 36 Day of the Dead Masks made from 31 brand new artists! I could not be happier with the turnout…at one point there were 10 artists making masks at one time!!!!!

I was so proud to see the smiles on everyone’s faces and the amazing work they did. Take a look through the gallery to see our creations. Also, check out the new banner Project Create has accumulated (I’ll be honest, 3’x5′ ended up being much larger than anticipated, but I think it is perfect!)

This was such a great day, I am thinking about using the Day of the Dead Mask project again this weekend at the Cypress Art & Media Expo…what do you think???

Free Day of the Dead Masks: Latin Art at the OCH Art Market 10/13/12

This month, the OCH Art Market will be showcasing Latin art and artists…muy caliente! Make sure to come on down and see Project Create, where we will be hosting another free art project: Day of the Dead Masks! This is a great opportunity for art lovers, young and old, to express their creativity and explore the beauty of Latin Art.

The OCH Art Market is proud to be collaborating with the Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane to celebrate Hispanic culture on OC Haley Blvd. in staging the Latino Art themed OCH Art Market in awareness of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The OCH Art Market is held on the second Saturday of every month at 1618 O.C. Haley Blvd, right in the heart of Central City. This building, also home to the Zeitgeist Theatre, is a protected historic landmark and with its 18 foot ceilings is a tourist attraction in itself. The market seeks to provide a foothold for returning Central City and Dryades Street to its former glory as a thriving commercial district second only to Canal Street.

More information on this market can be found on the OCH website, http://www.ochartmarket.com/ or by contacting us at ochartmarket@gmail.com with any questions or comments. Find us on Facebook (Project Create, O.C.H. Art Market) or Twitter (@PrjCreate_Nola, @OCHArtMarket). Also check out the talk about town about OCH from the Gambit http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/oc-haley-avenue-the-new-freret/Content?oid=1989543

Vote For Our Chair Reupholstering Project on Instructables!

Our tutorial was entered into the Cabot Woodcare contest, and we think that is pretty awesome! If you have a minute, please click on our link and vote for our project. You will see the link to vote in the top right of our page on Instructables.

You can either sign up as a new member (which is free and gives you all kinds of awesome DIY ideas) or you can log in via Facebook. Either way works for us!

Thanks!!!

Check out these kind words from our creative cousin over at Free Penny Press…it sure feels good to have such great support!

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