Participants from left to right: Lendon Sadler, Judie Anderson, Phil Carlin, Sue Delves, Bob & Connie Ratzel, Norma Flynn, Audrey Peeples and Stephen Thomas
Neighborhood Magic 2015 – 2016
In 2015 I was commissioned by the Beverly Area Arts Alliance to create a public project for their Art Walk on October 3, 2015. I proposed to interview eight residents in the neighborhood over the age of 70 about their life stories, write poetry inspired and work with an eight person choir to compose the poetry into song. In addition I also built sculptures with the help of Dave Barsotti that were installed in locations the participants chose for the Art Walk. For the Beverly Art work we started the performance at Ridge Historical Society with a round table conversation about important life moments. People were invited onto the trolley bus to travel the length and breadth of the neighborhood visiting the important sites of the eight people and listening to the choir sing their songs. The work embraces the civil rights movement, issues of how people fought for integration, Women Mobilized for Change Collective 1966 to 1974, gay rights movement and race relations in America. The work enlivened the history of the neighborhood and connected seniors to community to a more diverse community where they found they had allegiances.
There is now a limited edition book available about the project that includes an essay by the curator Susannah Papish and the eight poems written by Carron Little. The book was designed by Carron from hand prints she created in the studio. There is also a photo of Sue Delves sculpture.
In 2016 Ridge Historical Society invited Carron aka The Queen of Luxuria to return. She proposed a public engagement project where the public were invited to post their important moments into the sculptural mail boxes from April 8 to May 8, 2016. She responded by writing poetry inspired and posting it to their home on a hand made print. To read more about this project and see the poetry created please visit the blog at neighborhoodmagic.tumblr.com