Cortland Corset Building Showcase
As a tenant of the Cortland Corset Building, I participated in the planning of the Cortland Corset Building Showcase. My contribution to the event was to organize the Cortland Creative Collective art exhibition by putting out an open call to artists to begin to locate and celebrate the local creative community in a new way. I designed the flyers and posters for the event which was also printed in What’s Hot magazine. I also created and promoted the Cortland Corset Company Mural & Restoration project which was unveiled at the event on September 29th, 2018. This free, public event drew a crowd of 200-600 people over the course of the night with over 50 people attending the unveiling of the mural. Eric Earley of Stoked Clothing Co. and I live screen printed a limited run of prints of “Grace” exclusively for the event.
Cortland Corset Company Mural & Restoration
In order to engage my hometown community through the arts, I created a public mural project where anyone from the community could join in and participate in the creation of the work. The design was inspired by Cortland’s rich industrial history focusing on the Cortland Wagon Company and the Cortland Corset Company that use to reside in the building, some of which no longer stands, along with its current identity as a growing creative hub for artists, musicians and entrepreneurs. The theme is Victorian Steampunk, a marriage between old and new, creating a visual of a strong, beautiful woman. I created all promotional materials including flyers, posters, stickers, pins and hand pulled screen printed t-shirts with the assistance of Eric Earley of Stoked Clothing Co. The mural project was funded by a CNY Arts Decentralized Grant for Individual Artists 2018 and a local crowdfunding effot. After months of planning, coordinating volunteers and 60 hours of painting, “Grace” was completed and unveiled on September 29th, 2018. Check out the process from start to finish including in progress photographs and videos: www.facebook.com/cortland.corset.company.mural.and.restoration
Cortland Revitalization Initiative
Invited as a Tompkins Cortland Community College alum and a Cortland native, I joined the creative team of the second Cortland Revitalization Initiative grant application as a supporting photographer, location coordinator and consultant. Having lived in the San Francisco Bay Area and returning home, I had a greater vision of what my hometown could be with a true revitalization. As a result of our group effort, the City of Cortland was awarded the $10 million grant by the State of New York specific for downtown revitalization. I attended committee and public meetings and worked closely with DRI committee members in revising and advocating for the Crown City Artworks Project which is now an approved DRI Project. I am currently sitting as a planning committee member of the Crown City Artworks Project. Learn more about the Cortland DRI and see the work of fellow photographers Christine Shanks and Anthony Smith: www.cortlanddri.com