Thursday, June 9, 2011

A bucket list for Little Rock

Posted By on Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 1:35 PM

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There's a new interactive public art project downtown, affixed to the old M.M. Cohn building at Capitol Avenue and Main Street.

"A Bucket List on Main," inspired by a New Orleans project, is the work of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership and others. It's hoped to bring people to Main Street. Simple, people are encouraged to write something they'd like to do before they die. When the panels get filled, I presume they'll start over.

It's already attracting contributors as you can see from Brian Chilson's photos, as well as grand hopes. Full details on jump.

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Of course, giving people chalk and a public forum is a recipe for, well, see the rubbed out response below:

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NEWS RELEASE

An interactive public art project, “A Bucket List on Main” was unveiled today on Main Street at the corner of Capitol Avenue in downtown Little Rock. The project, inspired by a similar project in New Orleans noted by a Clinton School student, has been adapted by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership in conjunction with the Main Street Revitalization Committee and the City of Little Rock to kick off ongoing projects and events to bring people to Main Street.

Sponsored by Downtown Little Rock Partnership, the Main Street Revitalization Committee and the City of Little Rock, the project will be one of several over the summer on the empty Boyle Building, also known to many as the MM Cohn building. Boards covering broken windows were painted with chalk paint and the words “Before I die I want to…..!” painted in different lettering styles across the boards from the Main Street side and around to Capitol Avenue. Passersby will record their dreams with furnished chalk on the boards. Sponsors plan to monitor the art project and will photograph and erase as it fills.

Kerry Kemp, a calligrapher and owner of Art Outfitters downtown, and Nancy Jordan, an artist with Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative (ACAC), donated their time to hand letter the project.

Dean Skip Rutherford of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service received the idea from Julianne Dunn, a 2010 Clinton School graduate now working in San Jose, California who had read about the New Orleans art project on www.good.is. “Julianne suggested it would be a great idea for Little Rock and I shared it with Sharon Priest. I am pleased that it will be on Main Street and I know Julianne is too,” said Dean Rutherford.
Chuck Spohn, president of the Board of Directors for the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, said, “We are working hard toward our dream at the Partnership of a progressive, prosperous and popular Main Street and downtown… filled with businesses, residents, and visitors.”

“Public art projects are a great way to highlight revitalization efforts and make people feel more comfortable,” added Sharon Priest, executive director of the DLRP. “These projects prove that you don’t need big budgets to have a big impact.”

According to Anne Laidlaw, chair of the DLRP’s Main Street Revitalization Committee working with the City of Little Rock, this project is one of many projects and events specifically planned for Main Street to support the Main Street revitalization efforts. Events include a work-life balance seminar Thursday, June 23 at The Rep on Main featuring Andy Core and the first Main Street Food Truck Festival planned for Saturday, October 1.

For more information about “A Bucket List on Main” or other Main Street activities contact the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, 501-375-0121 or www.downtownlr.com.

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