Raleigh, NC – December 5, 2018: 70 volunteers from Glenwood South and Activate Good will be gathering at Hampton Inn (600 Glenwood Ave.) at 11am on Saturday, December 8 to receive their kits for hanging nearly 1,300 crocheted snowflakes on the trees along Glenwood Avenue between Peace Street and Hillsborough Street. With more than 15 businesses along the street already displaying oversized crocheted flakes in their windows and on their front porches, the neighborhood is sure to match the winter welcome marked by Raleigh’s dipping temperatures forecast for the weekend.
A Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative project sponsored by City of Raleigh’s Community Engagement Division, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance and Glenwood South Tailors + Alterations, this effort began last summer as neighbors met at the Cupcake Shoppe and A Place at the Table to teach neighbors to crochet. Over the months, more than 60 people became involved as the effort was taken up by grandmothers teaching grandchildren, and elderly residents from Glenwood Towers joined in the project. When one Glenwood South resident spent the fall on the coast of Oregon, the effort spread literally across the country. Glenwood South is not new to the idea that creativity brings people together in a way that puts diverse populations on a first name basis.
Dating back to 2013, the neighborhood knitted 150 tree sweaters, and since then has painted crosswalk art, folded thousands of origami cranes and butterflies for Peace Trees, and crocheted hundreds of thousands of plastic trash bags into sleeping mats for refugees.
(Learn more about Glenwood South public art projects at http://gsnc.raleighdla.com.) Cindy Bolden of Glenwood Gatherings and Donna Belt, the organizer of these public art projects, are quick to give credit to Glenwood South neighbors and residents from all over ,the Triangle, who return year after year to participate in what has become a tradition. Teaching each other new skills and gathering in public spaces creates a sense of belonging that lasts long after the art projects end. As for these snowflakes, they will be taken down after a month and donated to residents of Glenwood Towers and recipients of Meals on Wheels served through Saint Saviour’s Center. Join neighbors for an afterparty at Southern Charred (510 Glenwood Ave.)
A GSNC Community Public Art Installation
Saturday, December 8 from 11am – 1pm
Glenwood Avenue between Peace and Hillsborough Streets
Downtown Raleigh Alliance
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