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Monticello Road is a community arts project in Charlottesville, Virginia. Through photography and a series of public events and conversations, we explore how an art can be an essential, integral and everyday part of a healthy community.


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Monday, May 14, 2012

What's Next

 
Special thanks to Lulu Miller whose recordings of the Story Sharing could be the basis of the project's coolest piece, which is yet to come. 

The Monticello Road exhibition and all the events around it certainly felt like an accomplishment, but it’s important to remember that the project isn’t done yet. While it will never really be over, we do have a few specific pieces lined up for the near future.

First I’m going to huddle with Lulu to figure out what to do with the amazing audio she captured at the storytelling session. We’ll make it available to the world somehow—either as archived audio or perhaps transcripts.

The oral histories are perhaps the most exciting part of the project with the most potential. My ultimate scheme is to create a walking tour along Monticello Road with kiosks or signs along the way with links to historical or atmospheric audio available to anyone with a cell phone. We could connect with the existing downtown audio tour and perhaps the visitor’s bureau.

There will be another photo booth at Moore’s Creek Family Restaurant, and hopefully there will be an audio component to that. The only thing about the exhibition that wasn’t perfect was that no one from Moore’s Creek made it to the story sharing. As you know by now, I’m not easily discouraged and I know we’ll get it.

In July, the exhibition will travel to its summer quarters at the Local. More details on that soon, but the most exciting piece will be a neighborhood slide show on select nights that will be visible to passers by.

Soon we will begin work on the next “road” project. Sorry, but the subject matter is still secret for now.

Keep checking back for more details!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Fundraising Successful

We set an ambitious goal and there were some doubters. I have to admit that in my fearful moments I was among them. But we did it! We eclipsed our $4000 target by a nose. It was a total team effort with contributions from many, many generous supporters.

Monticello Road is not finished yet. There will be more projects in the neighborhood and we'll have information about those soon.

For now, huge thanks to all of you!