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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, to keep free events like the Night Out Against Crime happening, please DONATE to Project Create!!!