LPA Project Awarded Spot Among Top 50 National Public Arts Projects
At the Americans for the Arts’ Annual Convention in Minneapolis this past June, a Lancaster Public Art project was named as one of the Top 50 public art projects in the United States for 2018. Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., is the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art. The community mural project, titled “This Neighborhood Is…,” was led by Lancaster residents Salina Almanzar and Osmyn Oree. Salina and Osmyn invited residents from the neighborhood surrounding Culliton Park to finish the sentence, “This neighborhood is…” and sit for a portrait, which was then installed on the wall of the Water Street Mission. With the help of volunteer participants from the community, Salina and Osmyn installed 20 portraits and 25 responses on the wall of the Mission warehouse.
One of the great successes of the project, besides its recent award, was that it “broke down barriers between folks that live in the neighborhood, folks that use the park as home, and folks in transition. They [the participants] felt that the regular and consistent presence of art in the park helped encourage more families to come out and engage their neighbors,” Salina noted. She is also continuing Art Pop this summer in southeast Lancaster’s Culliton Park, where she hosts pop-up art making events in the park for both adults and children.
We are so proud of Salina and Osmyn for their incredible work-- not only in the award they received, but in their effort to break down social barriers and further unite our southeast Lancaster community.
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