Art + Environment Initiative
Artist: Jamond Bullock (Frayser) + Khara Woods (Uptown)
Total Budget: TOTAL: 80,000 (40,000 Uptown) + (40,000 Frayser)
Most recent benchmark/update: Artists Khara Woods + Jamond Bullock conduct community engagement in Frayser and Uptown before creating their project proposal.
Upcoming benchmark/update: approval of final project proposals on April 10, 2019.
The Art & Environment Initiative is a new program that UrbanArt Commission (UAC) is launching this year. UAC was awarded a capacity building grant from Mural Arts Philadelphia to partner with Clean Memphis and MMDC (Memphis Medical District Collaborative) in the creation of a project that uses public art to address an environmental opportunity/situation in two neighborhoods: Uptown and Frayser.
For both Woods and Bullock, this public art project really allows them to delve into a subject of work that combines community engagement and concerns through art. Khara Woods was excited to be selected as the artist in Uptown because she “believes a clean neighborhood can improve an individual’s sense of well-being and positively impact the neighborhood at large”, in which the aim of the project is to help build conversation through public art around environmental concerns.
For Bullock, he feels a great sense of pride in this project since he has “deep roots in Frayser”. Its where he “was raised and in so many ways the community of Frayser has been calling [him] back and... it's important that communities are part of the process from start to finish, because people value public art in their neighborhoods when they have a voice or even a hand in its creation.”
Yancy Villa-Calvo, Memphis-based artist, Danielle Sierra, Memphis-based artist and Frayser resident, Valerie Peavy, Owner of Office@Uptown and Uptown resident, Charlotte Marshall, Fitness Trainer and Uptown resident, Charia Jackson, Housing Counseling Program Manager at Frayser CDC, Jana Wilson, Executive Director of ArkWings Foundation and resident of Frayser, Sydney Sepulveda, Program Associate at the Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) and Janet Boscarino, Executive Director at Clean Memphis.
Next committee meeting date: TBD