Three women and a few children representing the Children’s Center for Therapy in Iowa City painted away on this breezy day. The project that encourages local people to paint public benches is called “BenchMarks.”
I spoke with one of the women painting today and she was overjoyed that over ten children could all participate in such a fun and fulfilling event. They dreamed up designs, had them approved and went to work on making it a reality.
This opportunity was provided by the Iowa City Downtown District to this organization and many other individuals who apply to participate. Those who are selected receive grant money to buy supplies from the local Blick art store.
As you wander through the pedmall you can see dozens of the painted benches each with an original design. Just today there were three benches being worked on by artists of all ages. Local townspeople were utilizing the benches for chatting, sipping coffee and studying.
Next week I will be posting an audio interview with Nicholas Arnold, the Assistant Director of the Iowa City Downtown District, to learn about the selection process, funding and how this idea became a reality.
Check out my next post for a visual collage of the street art.