In 2014 I began working with Artful Life a communtiy arts non-profit. “Artful Life partners with local, national and international communities to create rigorous artistic works that create meaningful relationships, empower individuals and communities and reflect the power of our social imagination."
Morning Glory was one part of a larger project called Stories of Route 66: International District, engaging residents of Albuquerque’s International District in collaborative art, creative placemaking, community development and transforming neighborhood spaces. I was asked by the ensemble to lead this project. I worked closely with artist Nina Dubois, Artful Life, the International District Community, the UNM sculpture program and many others. With a lot of help Nina and I developed and executed a design based on a long process of collaboration with the ensemble that included the ensemble sharing ideas, drawings and dreams for the neighborhood, which bloomed into Morning Glory. A permanent version and new location is under construction for 2017. Check back for updates.
Watch some of us dance in the ID here. Set to a great Hawk and a Hacksaw song!