Can artists and community work together to initiate social change?
The name is Forest Drive, but what exactly is “forest-like” about the four lane drive that connects the Bay Ridge and Hillsmere neighborhoods to Parole.
Interpreting what Citizens see for Forest Drive’s future is the title of a workshop and exhibit being held on
Thursday, April 22, 5:00 PM at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Graduate students from the Landscape Architecture Department, School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University, will present their interpretation of local citizens’ view of the future of Forest Drive in Annapolis.
The project began In February when several dozen County and City citizens, working with renowned professional local artists such as Maryland Hall’s Artists-in-Residence Rob Levitt and Mary Jo Arthur, created an impressive collection of paintings, sculpture, prose and poems to express their vision for the future of this important and often congested roadway.
Six students have been studying the artwork and have been challenged by their professors to interpret the citizens’ expression without interfering or making assumptions about the citizens’ viewpoints. The students will also comment on the benefits of working directly with citizens on personal and community values.
The public is invited to attend the students’ presentation on Thursday, April 22, 2010, beginning at 5:00 PM, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis MD 21403. The citizens’ artwork will be on display until the end of the evening’s presentation at 8:00 PM.
The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
This event culminates a three month project in community-based planning entitled “Art is Community Empowerment: Envisioning Forest Drive”. TThehe Landscape Architecture Department, School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University, and the Annapolis Neck Peninsula Federation (ANPF) are conducting the project. ANPF is a coalition of community associations focused on citizen engagement in government planning.