Gaylord is a small northern Michigan rural community that is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. Gaylord is on the move with intentions of energizing its community with art and culture that attracts people of all ages, builds a stronger sense of community, and accelerates business in its downtown. The goal of Gaylord is to continue to build a community that fosters an appreciation for the lives and stories of people with different backgrounds. The Art in the Alleyway is one way we hope to help fulfill this goal.
What It will Do for our Community
This initiative will minimize negative rural stereotypes associated with the "lack of..." by creating an outdoor community gathering space where differences in our human experience are highlighted through artistic installations designed to foster discussion in a welcoming social setting.
What is It?
This project is unique to the community because its focus is on connection: Geographic, economic and social. It transforms a 3-block downtown blighted alleyway into a gathering space that will connect the Iron Bell trailhead (west end) to the Claude Shannon Park (east end). It will also encourage individuals visiting the downtown social district to take advantage of the restaurants and businesses located in this area.
Who is Involved?
Art in the Alley is founded on collaborative efforts throughout the community. Some of the key supporters include:
How can I help support this project?
Gaylord Area Council for the Arts has partnered with Rise, to offer a 12-week contemporary street art workshop series that will provide young people with an opportunity to take a leadership role in the Gaylord Area Council for the Arts Art in the Alley Project. Students will develop their art and design skills while also engaging in a collaborative leadership project.
AGES: Otsego County High School Students
GOAL OF THE PROJECT:
Engage local youth and young adults in alternative activities that provide a platform for their voice to be heard, build a stronger connection with the community and develop leadership skills.
Funding for the Project:
Funding in part by Prevention Network, with monies from SAMSHA's Substance Abuse Block Grant COVID Supplemental. These activities are also supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.