Design Nonprofit Selects 2 Artist Groups for Community Project

Activating Vacancy Downtown Dallas is a partnership between buildingcommunityWORKSHOP and Downtown Dallas, Inc., working to engage Dallasites with their city in a positive way through public art.

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Design nonprofit buildingcommunityWORKSHOP has selected two local artist teams for its public space creativity initiative.

Activating Vacancy Downtown Dallas is a partnership between [bc] and Downtown Dallas Inc., working to engage Dallasites with their city in a positive way through art.

Duo Janielle Kastner and Ruben Carranzana and collective Rickey Crum, Gray Garmon, Katie Krummeck, Edward Li, and Justin Childress were selected by [bc] for their proposals to develop interactive pieces of art in downtown Dallas, according to a release. 

Those interested in the initiative can meet the groups at a small block party from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at 416 S. Ervay St. in Dallas. A presentation and feedback session will be held at the same location from 1 to 3 p.m. on Aug. 26.

“Rather than seeking to ’empower’ young women, these pieces assert that young women already possess the requisite power to speak life into their community.”
Janielle Kastner and Ruben Carranzana’s public art proposal

Kaster and Carranzana, who have experience in the performance art scene, are set to create a walk-through art installation that includes projecting young Dallas women’s words about hope for their city on building walls, according to their proposal.

“Since young women are often taught to take up less space, projecting their words large-scale onto community spaces is a radical, inherently subversive act,” their proposal said. “Rather than seeking to ’empower’ young women, these pieces assert that young women already possess the requisite power to speak life into their community.”

The other selected group will build visually nostalgic payphones with a technological twist to inform patrons of city events, history, dining, or civic information. Other features may include an option to leave a recorded message of a personal experience for others to hear.

“Ultimately, this installation aims to inform people about their city, suggest ways to experience their city, inspire deeper connections between people, and encourage them to participate in the future of their city by sharing their voice,” the group’s proposal said.


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