Community Art Collaborative Unveils Massive “In This Together” Public Art Installation

Top Quote 1200 individual contributions of artwork come together to form Public Art Installation housed at the Plymouth Public Schools Central Office. Sharing the collective community experience from the past 2 years. End Quote
  • Boston, MA-NH (1888PressRelease) March 31, 2022 - Created from 1,200 Individual Works of Art by a Diverse Group of Plymouth Public School Students and Community Members

    Community Art Collaborative, the Plymouth Bay Cultural District, and the Town of Plymouth have collaborated with Plymouth Public Schools on “In this Together,” a unique public art installation featuring the art of more than 800 students across the Plymouth Public School System, and 400 community members and organizations to be unveiled at Plymouth Public Schools Central Office, 11 Lincoln Street, Plymouth MA, at an open-to-the-public reception on Thursday, March 31st from 4 pm to 5:30 pm. The artwork was produced under the direction and support of the Plymouth Public Schools Art Teachers by students with support from the Visual Arts Department. Students were provided with cardstock honeycombs and an opportunity to express their experience between March and May of 2021. They generously shared both visual and written accounts of their experiences. Many have been documented on the Community Art Collaborative’s and Plymouth Public Schools’ Instagram channels.

    The pandemic challenged how we learn, self-expression, and opportunities to collaborate. The In This Together project sought to provide students and community members the option to contribute a small piece of art in the form of a honeycomb to a larger public installation. All artwork has been digitally archived, and the artist statements have been turned into 15 original poems from Plymouth’s Poet Laureate Stephan Delbos. These poems will also be featured at the schools, and Stephan Delbos has shared original poetry reflecting on the artist statements.

    The art installation will reside at the Plymouth Public Schools Central Office building. The installation is a multi-paneled composable honeycomb installation featuring more than 1200 individual students and members of the Plymouth community.

    Superintendent Dr. Chris Campbell had this to say about the installation “ It’s crucial that students are given the opportunity to express themselves using their inherent creativity. Self-expression through art is proven to be a most effective outlet. We are so appreciative of this opportunity for our students to take part in this very special art installation. Community Art Collaborative, the Plymouth Bay Cultural District, South Shore Community Partners in Prevention, and the Town of Plymouth have always been very supportive of the Plymouth Public School and our students. I am so proud of our students and appreciate the support our staff and this community continue to provide them. “

    This installation has been made possible in large part through a grant by the South Shore Community Partners in Prevention (SSCPP) who recently reviewed the progress made and Mike Jackman, SSCPP chair shared this about the installation “SSCPP Chair Mike Jackman: “While the connection between art and health may not be immediately apparent, it has become increasingly clear throughout the pandemic that isolation has had a detrimental impact on the health of residents of all ages. Our board was happy to support this wonderful project as it has had the effect of bringing people together and encouraging the types of self-expression that connect people to their community and each other and can lead to improved health outcomes.”

    The “In This Together” installation is the 6th in the series and is part of the community-wide “In This Together” project, launched by the Community Art Collaborative in March 2021. Co-Founders Meclina Gomes and Jennifer MacIver Edwards built the Community Art Collaborative with “the notion to engage with artists, communities, educational and faith-based organizations to contribute to public works
    of art by contributing a small piece of art into a larger work of art, bringing communities together around a central idea.”

    The “In This Together” series features art created by a diverse set of community members with generous support from the Plymouth Bay Cultural District, South Shore Community Partners in Prevention, Plymouth Public Schools, The Plymouth Lions Club private donors, and the community at large. Please visit the organizations’ websites and Instagram accounts to learn more.

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