When I submitted my proposal for “The Night Garden,” a playful, interactive installation art piece that will be exhibited during spark! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity, I assumed I would be doing all the work myself. The budget was modest, the location I selected was small and tucked away. Imagine my surprise when the review committee said they wanted a bigger, bolder piece to be displayed at the front of the campus. Very exciting! But…it was already going to be a stretch for me to meet my original goal, this new one was intimidating.
The Mesa Arts Center has a secret weapon though: a veritable army of volunteers, who stepped up to the challenge. I sent out the call for help crocheting, and the ladies (and a few gentlemen!) of Mesa said,— “we can do that!” I had more people offer to help than I could even use. About forty people snipped and wove as we processed all the recycled fabric into string, and crocheted the vines and cactus that make up the garden. Four hundred fifty pounds of t-shirts later, I am full of gratitude for a task I simply could not have done alone. Most delightful was the opportunity to get to know this wonderful community—I heard stories of world travelers, horseback adventurers, entrepreneurs and mothers of all kinds. I like to imagine that all these memories have been woven into the wild, imaginative landscape we created together. Come out and explore “The Night Garden” March 17 and 18 at spark!
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