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EXCITE Transformation for Libraries: Wallingford Public Library

"REPRESENT: What Makes You Special?" Wallingford Public Library

The Wallingford Public Library will host a community art project in which families collaborate to create postcards celebrating their identities in response to the question: "What makes you special?" Individual postcards will be displayed as part of a large, single mural.

Project Details

Project Name: REPRESENT: What makes you special? Community Art Project

Purpose: An opportunity for families to create something meaningful and grow closer without cost, facilitated by a professional artist in order to make the project accessible for all.

Grant Funding Amount: $2,000

Key Elements:

  • Community art project inspired by PostSecret.
  • Families collaborate to create postcards celebrating their identities in response to the question: “What makes you special?”
  • Postcards will be exhibited at the library as well as in digital format.
  • Free and open to families of all ages and skill sets.
  • Opportunity for families to share in a new way and learn about their fellow residents.

Target Audiences: Families of all ages, but especially those with teens and 'tweens.

Community Support: Hubcap Wallingford, Wallingford Public Schools, Spanish Community of Wallingford

Use of grant funds: artist-in-residence fee, materials and supplies

Why:

  • Helping to make a positive impact in the community
  • Remaining close or growing closer to their families
  • Discovering more about themselves by connecting to others
  • Having fun in a safe and welcoming environment
  • Connects them to their families and the community-at-large in a meaningful way
  • Allows them to create both a beautiful tangible product and a special memory in a fun and safe environment

Project Announcement

Kick-off event on Saturday, July 1st, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm

Professional artist Rashmi Talpade will introduce #REPRESENT: What Makes You Special?, the library's latest community art project for families of all ages. Find out more, including dates and times to participate: https://goo.gl/QTT91X

Team Members

Jane Fisher and Janet Flewelling

The Wallingford Public Library has 30.6 FTE employees.

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Credits

This pilot of EXCITE Transformation for Libraries and the seed grants awarded to pilot libraries were funded by the State of Connecticut and the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library.

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