Parks all through Pinellas County have been getting a dose of creativity the previous 12 months, courtesy of public artwork undertaking SPACEcraft, which brings free, hands-on experiences led by native artists to the neighborhood. (SPACE is an acronym for Social Apply Activating Inventive Environments.)
The experiences are held round and in two locally-repurposed, artfully-adorned transport containers which have massive openings. Every container has two themes: Make (maker area/artwork studio), Play (interactive playroom/stage), Learn (studying room) and Develop (neighborhood area). The containers journey individually, every going to completely different parks all through Pinellas County, the place they keep for eight weeks.
Conceived a number of years in the past, the undertaking was based by Carrie Boucher, Bridget Elmer and Mitzi Gordon, socially engaged artists who stay in Pinellas County. In 2018, it was chosen by arts company Inventive Pinellas for activation in metropolis and county parks all through Pinellas. It’s funded by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners.
SPACEcraft launched July 2020 in northern Pinellas County and can run by way of Could 2022, with the hopes to maintain it going.
Gordon referred to as the partnership with the parks a “nice match.”
“Folks come and uncover us,” she stated. “It provides one other layer of engagement and pleasure.”
On Aug. 21, SPACEcraft opens to the general public in St. Petersburg. The Make/Play area will open at Bear Creek Park (58th Avenue and First Avenue N) from 5-7 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays, whereas Learn/ Develop will open at Walter Fuller Park (7901 thirtieth Ave. N) from 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. They may stay open by way of Oct. 2.
Whereas the actions happen round large packing containers, they’re actually exterior of the field in terms of selection. Packages embrace artwork workshops, freeform musical performances, film screenings, playground video games, storytelling and studying together with zine making, yoga, gardening and private wellness.
“Every session is all the time one thing completely different as a result of the themes are so broad,” Gordon stated. She added that wellness is a vital a part of the expertise.
She additionally stated the neighborhood has been responding positively.
Throughout a 12 months when work dried up for native creatives, SPACEcraft paid artists to guide the packages and employed photographer Todd Bates to be its official documentarian. There are additionally paid alternatives for individuals to guide single session workshops.
Gordon stated one of many undertaking’s targets is encouraging individuals from completely different backgrounds to work together collectively in an area that’s “supposed to interrupt boundaries.”
“We really feel lucky to do work like this proper now,” she stated. “The workforce are superb, inventive drawback solvers.”
For extra data, go to explorespacecraft.com.