Conversations: SMALL STEPS WE CAN TAKE RIGHT AWAY — Strong Towns + Place(keep/mak)ing (FREE)
An ongoing series of weekly, one-hour conversations about making new connections, building community and piggybacking on the longstanding arts tradition to revitalize our town as a cultural destination.
Wednesdays 6:00PM-7:00PM via Zoom (FREE).
THESE CONVERSATIONS HAVE BORNE THE FOLLOWING INTIATIVES:
–Community Garden: I learned that there was once a (community?) garden (pre-2015 DEP improvements) in the space where there is water treatment in the center of town. We would love to see one again, let’s imagine what a community garden might look like!
–Graham Foundation Grant Application for Symposium and Film in collaboration with Prattsville Art Center. Submitted Feb/2021.
–Craft Fair/Vintage Market – Jamie Richard (EST)
–Public Sculpture/Artworks: with Pratt University Dept of Design/Architecture, Patrick Meagher (Lineland), Kate McNeely (“The Climate Ribbon”); murals.
–Revisiting the 2019 Hamlet Revitalization Strategy: with town planners Ivan Himanen and Danny Lapin, seeking grants for restoration of Lexington House. Sidewalks, car-centric vs. walkability wrt town population distribution.
–Community Recreation: Multi-use spaces; barn theater conversion. Climbing gym, theater, rollerskating, event, concert space (natural ampitheater).
–Yellow Bike Project: Public, shared bicycle network. Anybody?
–Mountaintop Cookie Project: Cultural activist and provocateurs John Halpern (ICA/The Tuning Fork) is spearheading the conversation on designing a cookie to represent Lexington our community. More details to follow.
–Dance/Movement/Choreography: Several artists, choreographers and teachers have expressed an interest in supporting our project through performance artwork, film, and fundraising benefits. Proceeds would be directed to a fund for the renovation of the exterior of the Lexington House, which will function as workspaces for artists, makers and thinkers – plus gallery spaces and café.
General Store: In keeping with the Town of Lexington’s objective of supporting a “classic” General Store outlined in the Riverstreet’s revitalization strategy of January 2019 (pic below), Lexington Arts + Science LLC sought an Empire State Development (ESD) Grant in 2020. We support a General Store in the commercial space east of the USPS, adjacent to the future Lineland Sculpture Garden site. (Feb 2021) (Done.)