Last Saturday (July 11), the ArtBuilt Studio in the Park was the eye of a perfect storm of art, dance music, and community fun! Resident artist Patrick Rowe and awesome art collective Mobile Print Power took over our little corner of Flushing Meadows Corona Park to celebrate the culmination of their People’s Design Laboratory project, with music and performances by Danza Azteca Chichimeka (Aztec Dance) and Ñukanchik Llakta Wawa Kunas-Wawas Sumags (Ecuadorian Dance).
Visitors had an opportunity to learn how to screen print using Mobile Print Power’s mobile screen printing cart, and to take home custom prints on tote bags, t-shirts and more.
During the festivities, Mobile Print Power unveiled the new concepts for signs for the park that they’d created based on drawings and ideas shared by park-goers over the last month – People’s Design Laboratory spent four weeks gathering creative input from park-goers, creating signage concepts from that input, and printing up the beautiful signs presented at Saturday’s event. Next step: Using these designs to advocate for an innovative new signage system for the park.
All told, it was an amazing event – any day that includes an Aztec blessing and a public procession to distribute community-developed signs across the park is a pretty awesome day!