I’m just getting to a place where I can catch up on grading, much less on this blog. For the time being, I want to point you to a project that is happening in Richmond.
Mark Strandquist has spearheaded a few projects at Richmond City Jail that will be exhibited this summer. In one instance he and a few artists met invited inmates to write about what, if they could choose anything, they would choose to look at out of their cell window. Collecting the writings, Strand and a few photographers have gone out and photographed these views, and ferried the photos back to the inmates to hang in their cells. You can read more about that project here.
Outside the jail, Strandquist has brought together a few book makers on a project he calls The People’s Library:
The Richmond Public Library helped collect discarded books that Strandquist and his collaborators recycle into new paper. Since March, they have been holding bi-weekly paper-making workshops at the Main Branch of the library as well as at other places in the community to produce the pages (Dahlberg & Puffenberger).
Once the group has created 1000 books they will bind them and the blank books will be added to Richmond Public Library’s permanent collection. Library patrons will be able to check out the books and add their personal histories. These collective journals will remain at RPL for future generations to add to or to read.
You can read more about Mark’s project at his website. Listen to him comment on the project in the interview below.
Dahlberg, Jessica and Caitlin Puffenberger. “People’s Library recycles its own books.” CBS6. 9 Apr., 2013.