WE INVITE ARTISTS AROUND THE WORLD TO SUBMIT 11×17 POSTERS THAT EXPRESS THEIR WISH FOR CHANGE INSPIRED BY THE LIFE WORKS OF ROSA PARKS ON THE OCCASION OF HER 100TH BIRTHDAY. THE SERIES, ALONG WITH 100 LOCAL MONTGOMERY VOICES WILL BECOME PART OF A TRAVELING EXHIBITION DREAMED BY THE ROSA PARKS MUSEUM IN MONTGOMERY ALABAMA AND THE MOBILE STUDIO.
PLEASE JOIN US AT OUR UPCOMING FINAL REVIEWS: Thursday and Friday afternoons November 29th and 30th: 1:00-5:00 pm, 424 Dudley Hall at Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction.
The studio poses the design research question: What can a school ground be? The students have worked on Auburn’s School of Holistic Medicine, Notasulga School, D.C. Wolfe in Shorter and Fews Alternative School in Montgomery to explore this question locally and advance plans that could be collaboratively built. Students from the Re-imagining School Grounds/Yards Studio will present their proposals to professors, the Macon County Superintendent of Schools and the County Commission as well as the classes with which they worked, teachers, and principals.
To submit your own wishes to the Rosa Parks 100 Wishes project simply print out this form and mail it to the Rosa Parks Museum 231 Montgomery Street Montgomery, AL 36104.
The scarlet paper-making pavillion became a crossroads of hands-on civic engagement, as wishes inspired by Rosa Parks life works were drafted and handmade paper was created for the posters that will broadcast these wishes as messages, as art across the neighborhoods of Montgomery in honor of her upcoming 100th birthday.
Mobile Studio is hosting a free public paper-making workshop to kick start a process of collecting and broadcasting wishes for our community landscapes and civic places in honor of ROSA PARKS’ 100TH BIRTHDAY! Saturday, November 10th at the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery 10 am-4 pm, come join us!
Join us in printing the wishes of Montgomery’s school children as silkscreen posters designed to catalyze neighborhood landscape transformations!
PDF of Civic Data Challenge project in the Tuskegee News
Tuskegee News Press Release
In the spring of 2012, a number of Macon County students participated in a mentoring program with the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University, funded in part by the Appalachian Regional Commission. As a response to the National Conference on Citizenship’s Civic Data Challenge and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life’s Alabama Civic Health Index, students worked with Mobile Studio artist, Dan Neil, and AU landscape architect, Jocelyn Zanzot, to create posters with messages related to statistics that held special meaning to them. These original posters are printed on paper made by students during a day-long workshop at Notasulga High School, and a framed set of posters is on permanent, public display at the Macon County Courthouse.
The students won an Honorable Mention for their submission to the first-ever National Civic Data Challenge of the National Conference on Citizenship. Attendees at the conference in Philadelphia, PA had a chance to view their work. The chairman of NCOC would like to have a complete set of posters and congratulates the students.
Dr. Mark Wilson, Director of Civic Learning Initiatives in the College of Liberal Arts, accepts the award on behalf of landscape architecture professor Jocelyn Zanzot, artist Daniel Neil, and most importantly, the civic-minded high school students of Macon County, Alabama.
For more information on the project visit http://auclastudentengagement.wordpress.com/design/. A framed set of four original posters hangs in the Macon County Courthouse.
Video produced by collaborators Jocelyn Zanzot and Dan Neil
In honor of the occasion of Rosa Park’s 100th birthday celebration, the Mobile Studio has developed a hands-on, participatory series of activities that will manifest the community wishes of the children of Montgomery, Alabama through co-creative art making and civic engagement. The children of Montgomery will be asked to reflect on Mrs. Park’s vision for her city during her lifetime and write down their own vision and wishes for their city today. The visions of the children will be collected by the Rosa Parks Museum, the Mobile Studio will then choreograph a series of paper-making, graphic design, silk-screen printing, poster production, mapping and design proposals with the Rosa Parks Museum Ambassadors and the greater community. The Studio will guide this process so that the children’s wishes become both graphic messages and visions for community transformation that take inspiration from the past; add engagement in the present toward actions that will change the future for the benefit of all of Montgomery’s citizens. This birthday celebration is designed as more than a remembrance or even an event, it is an unfolding process of education and engagement with our sense of place designed to activate wishes inspired by Rosa Parks into the future.
The Mobile Studio is an intermedia collective that studies, re-presents, and re-imagines contemporary Alabama landscapes through co-creative art making and events in the field. The studio provides spaces and processes of interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration between Auburn University students, faculty, and citizens throughout the state. Between the disciplines of art, landscape architecture, public history, watershed ecology, and community planning, the Mobile Studio is committed to extending educational opportunities that result in the transformation of the built environment by fostering and extending local capacities.