ArtUP! Community Art Project Installed throughout September
On: October 8, 2015 Filed Under: Member News
Harrisburg – Saturdays in September have been filled with art in South Allison Hill. On September 19th and 26th, murals were installed onto two previously blighted and abandoned properties on Market Street in Harrisburg. The installations were a culmination of months of efforts to give voice to residents in the area and have residents and stakeholders be a part of the entire process.
The installations were part of the ArtUP! South Allison Hill initiative led by Tri County Community Action and in partnership with Sprocket Mural Works. This year, the initiative has transformed five previously blighted properties and in the process, the community around them. To really make it a partnership with the community, almost one thousand residents have been involved in giving their input on the images they would like to see in their community, voting on submissions from local artists, and participating in the painting process.
Winning artists Jo Ann Neal, Jeff Copus, Bradley Gebhart, and Jaselyn Mota drew their designs and painted in collaboration with the community. Almost two hundred residents, the majority of which were youth, have come out to put their touch on the murals, taking community ownership of the artwork to new levels. Previous installations have been a huge success with the neighbors taking ownership to clean up and take care of the grass directly around the property, and in one case spurring the surrounding neighbors to adopt the entire block around them, creating a pocket park, placing fabric on the boarded windows of other abandoned properties and having regular cleanups.
South Allison Hill is a vibrant neighborhood filled with diversity, now the community is able to share that with their neighbors and commuters that may just be traveling through. Please make it a point the next time you are in the area to travel up Market Street to see 3 ArtUP! projects at 1212, 1458, and 1650 and down Berryhill Street at the corners of 15th Street and Daisy Avenue.