Neighborhood Magic, 2015 – 2016
Participants in Neighborhood Magic: Sue Delves, Audrey Peeples, Stephen Thomas, Norma Flynn, Judie Anderson, Lendon Sadler, Phil Carlin, Bob & Connie Ratzel
Choir: Richard Blakeney, Michael Lee Bridges, Jeremy Lee Harris, Jessica Kearney, Clee McCracken, Sojourner Zenobia, Emilio Rojas and Farida Weller

Performers: Amy Sayre Baptista, Cameron Clayborn, Allen Conkle, Duff Norris, CV Peterson, Jenna Perlstein, Kevin Sparrow and Lauren Steinberg
Videographer Laura Moore and Jamie Gannon
The performance was created by Carron Little and all poetry, music and edit is also made by Carron Little aka The Queen of Luxuria

“We are the stories we tell and cities shape our identities that shape the stories we tell.” – quote by Eden Unluata, Conversation at Cities of a Floating World Performance by Carron Little and Daniela Ehemann, May 4, 2013 6018North

Neighborhood Magic was a public engagement project created for the Beverly Art Walk in 2015 supported by Beverly Area Arts Alliance. We put an ad in the local paper and invited people over the age of seventy to participate in the project. All they knew was that their life story would be created into poetry and I would work with a choir to compose the poetry into song. In addition I worked with Dave Barsotti to build eight sculptural post boxes that I designed inspired by the stories. The participants chose locations throughout the neighborhood and the plan was to walk from one location to the other. Fortunately Beverly Alliance allocated a trolley Bus for the performance so we were comfortably transported to the eight locations spanning 18 blocks of the neighborhood.
In 2016 Ridge Historical Society invited me back for an second part of the public engagement project from April 8 to May 8. The public were invited to post their important life moments into the sculptural mail boxes located in the garden of Ridge Historical Society. Carron Little composed poetry inspired by the important moments and mailed the poetry directly to people’s homes. At the opening on April 8, Carron performed several poems she had written for Neighborhood Magic in October 2015. She also exhibited the Painting Backwards Series, had a screening midway through the exhibition and then had a final performance at Ridge on May 8, 2016.

For more information about this project please read the blog: neighborhoodmagic.tumblr.com