In the spring of 2020, I was one of 14 artists selected by Erie Arts & Culture to participate in a pilot program called Creating with Community. I have been paired with Alex Anthes, an Erie-based visual artist and printmaker, and we are developing a placemaking project for a neighborhood located in Erie's west bayfront. We are collaborating alongside Our West Bayfront, which is a community organization that serves this neighborhood.
To gather community feedback, Alex and I organized a pop-up living room in a vacant lot located in the neighborhood. We welcomed community members with donuts and coffee and asked them questions that would help inform our project.