In June 2014, a chalkboard poetry wall highlighting favorite neighborhood quotes and poetry was constructed on the former Clark Art building. Today that building will be the new home of Tin Roof. Donna Belt and friends were dedicated to changing the poetry wall on a regular basis. Donna has this to say about the poetry wall. “I’m grateful to Charles Long for allowing the GSNC to use the former Clark Art building for the past five years as a Poetry Board highlighting community. Whether it was reviewing the US Constitution, pulling out favorite song lyrics, sharing memories of summer, or providing ground for a group zentangle, these chalkboard shutters served as an ever changing picture of neighborhood connections.”
Snowflake Video Project
In conjunction with the 1,000 Snowflakes Project, GSNC was able to project falling snowflakes onto the Gensler Building at the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Hillsborough Street. This project was made possible due to Gensler, DRA and Kristie Terrell at Holistic Hangouts. Thank you for your willingness to promote art in Glenwood South.
1,000 Snowﬂakes A GSNC Community Public Art Installation
December 2018 Glenwood Avenue between Peace and Hillsborough Streets
Nearly 50 volunteers from Glenwood South and Activate Good gathered at Hampton Inn (600 Glenwood Ave.) at 11:00 on Saturday morning, December 8, 2018 to receive their kits for hanging nearly 1,350 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 welcomed the winter season inside and out.
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 50 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.)
How did this snowﬂake project beneﬁt the neighborhood? Participants agree that teaching each other new skills and gathering in public spaces creates a sense of belonging that lasts long after the stitching ends. Then by sharing the snowﬂakes with local businesses, relationships were strengthened between business owners and residents, as well as providing a uniﬁed branding for the neighborhood. Flakes in windows, on porches, hanging from rafters and tree branches all echoed a sense of welcome to visitors, and shared in a tangible way what residents value about Glenwood South’s creativity and inclusion. Finally, when these ﬂakes are donated to residents of Glenwood Towers and recipients of Meals on Wheels served through Saint Saviour’s Center, the circle will be complete as elderly residents who ﬁnd it diﬃcult to walk the streets of Glenwood South, can still participate in the sense of fellowship that others enjoy.
Volunteers gathered through the summer and fall to crochet snowﬂakes for this project.
Then on December 8, volunteers gathered to hang the ﬂakes from Peace Street to Hillsborough Street.
And before morning of the next day… Real magic happened!
GLENWOOD SOUTH PEACE TREE
During the fall of 2015 over 200 neighborhood volunteers learned to fold origami cranes to decorate a 12 foot “Peace Tree” donated by the Carolina Ale House. Over 2,500 cranes were created.
creative crosswalks for glenwood south
Tree Sweaters II: In the fall of 2014, more than sixty knitters participated in Glenwood South’s second tree sweater project, attracting knitters from as far away as Hawaii, Texas and even Ontario. Local knitters met at St. Saviour’s Center to stitch scarves with seniors who were recipients of last year’s tree sweater blankets. Inspired by the colorful statement of community shared with them, knitters at St. Saviors and Glenwood Towers passed the tree scarves on to Love Wins, a ministry to the homeless led by Hugh Hollowell in the Glenwood South neighborhood.
Poetry Wall: In June 2014, a chalkboard poetry wall highlighting favorite neighborhood quotes and poetry was constructed on the former Clark Art building. New poetry and quotes are updated every two weeks. Send poetry or quotes from your Glenwood South business associates or neighbors to GlenwoodSouth@downtownraleigh.org.
Tree Sweaters: In 2013, a group of 70 neighbors gathered weekly through the fall at the Carter Building and knitted 150 sweaters that were wrapped on trees along Glenwood Avenue. Read more about the Glenwood South Tree Sweater Art Installation on the DLA blog.