The North End Super Reunion organizing committee is collecting memories.
The 14th Street Community Center and its North End Super Reunion organizing committee are collecting stories and memories for the 14th St Community Center for an upcoming art project. The project will be installed before the Super Reunion and feature blasts from the past.
The collaborative art effort is heralded by two artists, writer, Molly Rideout and local-born certified printer and art director of the 14th Street Community Center, Klaire Smith.
“We’re collecting the best memories of the 14th St Community Center,” Rideout said. “What do you remember most about your time at the center? What makes it great? We are gathering memories for a Super Reunion project with our current batch of after-school children for this summer’s Super Reunion and the Ohio State University’s Center for Folklore Studies’ Portsmouth archive.”
Rideout asked for community members to send a few sentences or a few paragraphs to [email protected] and have their memory or story included in the archive.
“It might even be used in an art project on the windows of the center during Super Reunion weekend!” Rideout said.
The project will see the two artists’ skills culminate in a piece for the center and people of 14th Street’s history.
A vinyl text will line the windows of the center with the completion of the project. It will be similar to Rideout’s other works elsewhere, however, they will have the added graphics from Smith and the current school children.
Smith is currently working with a group of high school children on their stories. She is helping them express, in art, their time and memories from the center.
“I am really excited for how those two pieces will come together,” Rideout said.
The deadline to submit memories and stories for the art project set to debut with the summer reunion is March 31.
Reach Bailey Watts (740) 353-3101 Ext 1931
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