You Can Make Public Art!
During Home Grown Summer Art Camps, students share their creativity with others. Everyone's ideas are combined as part of a group design process. The result? Participants achieve something larger than they ever thought possible! Meanwhile, the art process teaches teamwork, task completion, and problem solving skills.
The result? A polished, public art piece...and students who feel more confident and accomplished!
How It Started:
Home Grown started as a grass roots response to the cancellation of much-needed summer youth programming during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. The project evolved from a consortium of mental health providers from Door County Health and Human Services and the United Way of Door County, including members of the Door County Mental Health Focus Group, STRIDE and STRIDE Creative.
Our Story: How a Handful of Youth Created Home Grown
Most of the youth involved in Home Grown didn't think of themselves as the artistic type, at first!! But, as they shared ideas through doodles and discussion, the concept for their piece became clear.
Public Art & The Pandemic
Socially-Distanced Design Process
As the Project Unfolded...
Students worked at a social distance in the Junior Fair building at the Door County Fairgrounds. They primed the boards, decided on the final design layout, and painted solid blocks of color.
As the project unfolded, every decision was made together. They made lists of tasks, talked about the order in which things needed to be completed, and decided who would do them.
Write-a-Story Based on the Artwork!
Home Grown and Common Ground
The COVID-19 pandemic put us all on a common ground with various aspects of mental health as more people experienced chronic stress, strong emotions, anxiety, isolation, and depression. Home Grown sought to normalize these topics in both its program design, and finished product.