Safe and Sound Public workshops at Touchpoint at Mondawmin Mall took place over the first three Saturdays in March. Participants were asked to think about the lights in their neighborhoods and respond to the prompt, "What makes you feel safe?". Using electroluminecent wire, led lights, paint and umbrellas, community members created light sculptures that represent the things that make them feel safe. Next week, workshop participants are invited to come together as a community to march in the Safety in Numbers Parade on April 7th at 8pm. Workshop participants will carry their light sculptures that celebrate safety through central Greater Mondawmin neighborhoods. The parade route will lead participants to the site of Beacon, a public light sculpture, installed in Hanlon Park, where they will find a stage and a night of variety of perfomances by dancers, musicians, and spoken word artists at the Safe and Sound presented by Sunsets at 9pm. These events are free and open to the public for all ages. Check out some photos from the workshops.
The distinct sound of sirens at night, wake us from our slumber. If you live in a neighborhood with blue lights or if you live in a neighborhood with no lights, the sounds of the city are the same. The project began when lead artist, April Danielle Lewis considered “...the local soundscapes in relationship to the monumental light towers that illuminate strategic sites throughout the Greater Mondawmin neighborhood.”
Safe & Sound is a two part installation and participatory performance that explores what makes the Greater Mondawmin community feel safe.
Part One: Exploration of Safety Workshops and Safety in Numbers Parade
is a series of free public hands-on workshops that invite Greater Mondawmin community members to engage in conversations about the light towers around their neighborhood while considering what makes them feel safe. Participants will use their findings to design and create umbrellas with light augmentations to be carried in a celebratory parade!
FREE PUBLIC WORKSHOPS:
Saturday March 4th, 2017 10:30AM-1:30PM @FlashPoint (at Mondawmin Mall)
Saturday March 11th, 2017 10:30AM-1:30PM @FlashPoint (at Mondawmin Mall)
Saturday March 18th, 2017 10:30AM-1:30PM @FlashPoint (at Mondawmin Mall)
Additional workshops specifically designed for students will take place in partnership with the following neighborhood schools: ConneXions Academy, Liberty Elementary, and Creative City Public Charter School.
The celebratory Safety in Numbers Parade will gather all of the workshop participants and their light based sculptures to kick-off the procession on April 7th, 2017 | 8:00PM at the ConneXions Academy parking lot and will end at the southwest corner of Hanlon Park for a night of performances!
Part Two: FREE Night of Performances
April 7th, 2017 | 9-11PM (at Hanlon Park)
The parade will lead participants to Beacon, an original light based public sculpture at Hanlon Park where a performance program co-curated by April Danielle Lewis and Sunsets will commence. The performances will explore themes of safety and protection and will feature an exciting selection of local performance art,music, and spoken word artists!