“Chalk Talk Kenosha: A Community Art Project” installed in the windows of downtown Kenosha

Chalk Talk Kenosha on display now in the windows of downtown Kenosha businesses through the end of May, 2012.

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Wing Young Huie’s week-long residency this fall at UW-Parkside yielded a wonderful community art project–“Chalk Talk Kenosha”  (click to view many of the individual images)  During his visit Huie facilitated chalk talk workshops at the Boys and Girls Club and UW-Parkside where he took photos of the participants with their chalk talk messages. During a chalk talk workshop participants answer a set of questions and choose one answer to write as a message to pose with. How would you answer these questions?

  • What are you?
  • How do you think others see you? What don’t they see?
  • What advice would you give to a stranger?
  • What is your favorite word?
  • Describe an incident that changed you.
  • How have you been affected by race?

Huie worked with KUSD art teachers and over the course of the academic year Bradford, Tremper and Harborside Academy art students produced over a hundred chalk talk photographs. Francisco Loyola of ExposeKenosha and I facilitated a chalk talk workshop at the Kenosha Literacy Council and took photographs of participants holding their chalk talk messages. In all we have collected and UW-Parkside Gallery printed over 170 photographs showing community members responding to the following  questions.

From June 11-July 28, 2012 all of the “Chalk Talk Kenosha” photographs will be on view in the Fine Arts Gallery at UW-Parkside (900 Wood Road, Kenosha 53242)

ON DISPLAY NOW: Take a walk down 6th Avenue  and the downtown area and see the chalk talk photographs on display in the windows of:  The Kenosha News, Jockey, Secret Garden, The Tux Shop, Art Works, Scoops, Alpaca Art, Equinox, The Public Art Museum, KABA, Char’s Cafe, Pollard Gallery, Coco’s, the Soap Box, Boobe, Olive Tree Restaurant, Frank’s Dinner, Duck Duck Goose, Schlax, Christensen & Lee Insurance, Pacetti’s Music, and  more.

About Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs is the director of galleries and curator of exhibitions at Jamestown Community College in Western New York. She writes the blog "Scene Unseen: Viewing Notes" about visual art in her community.

2 Responses to “Chalk Talk Kenosha: A Community Art Project” installed in the windows of downtown Kenosha

  1. Gorden Hedahl says:

    This looks like a wonderful project! Very nicely documented and publicized too. Thanks for sharing it. (Miss you up here.)

    • Gorden–it is so good to hear from you. I am having so much fun working with the Parkside gallery and Kenosha and Racine community. I can’t believe how much I learned in Minneapolis about how to facilitate the art making process for others. I miss you too!
      Do you two ever come through Racine ?

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