The Arts Bus PEACE by Piece Project is a town-based community collage of shared expressions of peace. The concept was designed by The Arts Bus in early 2020 to facilitate & foster community connections through art even while physically distanced by the COVID-19 pandemic, suffering economic pain & confronting civil unrest.
What & When are the PEACE by Piece Projects?
Randolph: Whisper in the Wind by Susannah Gravel
Everyone is invited to be inspired by WHISPER IN THE WIND installed below Whale Dance. This inspirational outdoor art installation features over 400 flags in 6 vibrant colors with handwritten messages of hope, love & empathy from Randolph to each other & the world.
Each flag is unique, made by villagers from 18 months to 95 years old from East, South & North Randolph, Randolph Village and Randolph Center. Now open to the public, the exhibit is meant to encourage walking thru it, viewing each flag and taking the messages away as gifts of goodwill from the people of Randolph. The installation is on a dirt field, so viewers should dress appropriately, noting most flags are distanced 6′ apart. Whisper in the Wind will remain installed through winter, creating a rainbow of peaceful in the snow; however, the field will not be open for walking once deemed unsafe by the property owner & The Arts Bus. Picture taking and sharing is encouraged! Find your flag or one that inspires you and post it, sharing it with @ARTSBUSVT or #ARTSBUSVT or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brookfield: Vessels of Light by Tom Zani
With Sunset Lake‘s Floating Bridge as inspiration, this project designed by local artist Tom Zani lightened & brightened Brookfield on Halloween 2020! We had over 15 Vessels of Light created by the community that Tom & his family strung together and paraded behind two canoes after dark.
Check out the Vessels of Light Pictures & Video Album:
Bethel: Glass Houses Paper Journals by Dayna Sabatino
Capturing Bethel villagers’ words and images about shared joy & acts of kindness, this project is community journal about 2020 to be displayed in hand-crafted glass mosaic houses and bound in book form. 280 Piece kits were distributed throughout Bethel in early October, journal pages have been written & collected, and the first installation is planned for public viewing this Holiday Season on Bethel’s Main Street in the windows of Bethel Village Sandwich Shop, with a traveling installation around Bethel planned for 2021.
Braintree: ARTFul Outdoor Classroom by Spencer Lewis & Dan Snow
Showcasing what can happen with Spark grants, this project grew from a community tile mosaic to a large grant for a whole new outdoor classroom at Braintree Elementary! The stonework was designed & installed by local stonemason Spencer Lewis in October and the kids already know what to do!
MORE TO COME — community collage tile mosaics are planned for Spring 2021.
Who is funding the Projects?
The Arts Bus PEACE by Piece Project received seed funding from Vermont Community Foundation’s SPARK! Connecting Community grant program and is otherwise funded by The Arts Bus’s long-term grantors, sponsors, township & art education enthusiasts. However, there is no denying WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!!! The Arts Bus is seeking donations & sponsors for the PEACE by Piece Projects, who will be richly rewarded with gratitude, attribution plus all our rainbow wishes of good fortune!
The Arts Bus PEACE by Piece Project is a township-based community collage of shared expressions of peace. The concept was designed by The Arts Bus in early 2020 to facilitate & foster community connections through art even while physically distanced by the COVID-19 pandemic, suffering economic pain & confronting civil unrest. Through it, The Arts Bus is commissioning local artists in 8-10 towns to design a community collage that evokes peace in pieces and in the whole, to result in a permanent or semi-permanent installation in a public space(s) in each town. The art is meant to reflect and be influenced by the events of 2020, allowing for subjective, authentic self-expression by all participants. The vision of The Arts Bus PEACE by Piece Project is a gathering of Vermont villagers, sharing a warm afternoon or fire, admiring their town’s artistry, celebrating it and each other with a cheerful green bus nearby. While we may not be able to gather just yet, we can be together in each project, because our Pieces are united in one PEACE.