Art in the Park

The Art in Relationships: Building Bridges, Making Memories

Are you looking for a way to get involved with the NWA community? We know that many people want to do their part to make a difference in the lives of those in our community who are underrepresented. Many times the question is...how? Several members of Christ Community Church (CCC) found that art can be a great pathway for forming a relationship and making a difference. Volunteers of CCC came out to Walker Park to interact with the homeless and under-resourced community members participating in Art in the Park.

So why did CCC choose Art in the Park? One volunteer, Kate Cully, explained that the members of CCC are always looking for ways to follow their church’s values and build relationships with under-resourced and overlooked neighbors. This is one of the goals of Cobblestone. Art in the Park allows volunteers to come spend time, make art, serve food, eat a meal and spend a day with neighbors they might not ordinarily spend time with.

Cully said, “I think it’s difficult to love and care for people that we don’t know, so Art in the Park is a great bridge builder to get to know our neighbors.”

This example set by the members of Christ Community Church is one that we can all follow. Volunteering is not just a way to spend an hour every few weeks to feel more involved, but an opportunity interact with and learn from those members of our community that we too often ignore.

If you want to follow this example, reach out to us at Cobblestone and learn the specific ways you can get involved with any of our initiatives.

You can also come join us tomorrow, April 18, or Saturday, May 16 at Walker Park to build your own bridges and experience Art in the Park first hand.

 

Art in the Park- 6 Months!

Today's post comes from Chloe Seal, initiative leader of 3 Bags in 2 Days. Art in the Park is a one-a-month event in Walker Park in South Fayetteville. We invite the under-resourced in our area to come to the park and to paint. We provide all the art supplies and serve dinner as well. People can come for a few hours and just be. People can come and let out whatever is going on in their lives and have a chance to freely express themselves through painting.  

Tonight was so special. 6 months into Art in the Park and I couldn’t be any more in love. As if I’m not already borderline obsessed with it, tonight was something incredible. I can’t really put words to it or explain why it was so different. Every month it just seems to find it’s rhythm a little better and people start to feel truly welcome.

The best I can try to communicate about tonight would be the rich, deep community that could be felt. People came to paint and to eat, but the evidence of community and relationships could be felt by all. There was just a presence of calmness, trust, and abounding love. After all was said and done, a few of us looked at each other with the same thoughts of….wow. How on earth did Art in the Park come to be the way it was tonight? How did this incredible community come together in one place the way it did? How did art truly bring us all together?

I think this sense of community carried on through every avenue. People’s canvases seemed more vibrant than usual. The food seemed extra yummy. People clapped and cheered even when someone else won the duffle bag in the raffle. People helped each other get more paint or carry their stuff to the table. People laughed louder than ever. People encouraged others more than usual. New friendships were formed. 150 canvases were made beautiful. 120 lives changed. 120 people were just able to love and be loved. 

It was the best example of community that I have ever seen. Truly putting others first in a way that I have never witnessed before. A random, broken, overlooked, ragged and simply beautiful group of misfits (myself included) has taught me more about life and people that I could have ever imagined.