How you can help with Art on the Avenue

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Art on the Avenue is by any definition a grassroots event. While the West Side Community Organization, particularly executive director Christine Shyne, does the heavy lifting of organizing, we depend on community volunteers to make the event happen.

We’re expecting this year’s event to be even bigger than last year, and we need your help! Please consider signing up to volunteer – there are tasks big and small, commitments from less than an hour to all day if you want.

Below are a list of opportunities. Please contact Christine at Christine@wsco.org or 651-293-1708 if you’re interested.

The event is Saturday, August 9 from noon to about 10 p.m. Either way, we hope to see you there!

Host site packet delivery
Help deliver artist signs, programs, etc. to host sites, check with host sites on needs/artists installation.  Times, flexible during the week of August 4-9th.

Sign distribution
Help us get the word out by putting out Art on the Avenue lawn signs at the host sites – time-flexible, date: August 8th.

Set up at BankCherokee lot
Saturday 10am-12pm, help set up tables, signs etc.

Set up at Mile Long Book
Saturday 11:45am-12:45pm, help to hold a section of the book as we walk it across the High Bridge. Children under 10 should be with an adult but otherwise child friendly.

Host Site greeter
Some hosts sites don’t have regular business hours or staff and want a volunteer to be there to greet guests and to answer basic questions about the art (info provided by artists), keep track of numbers of visitors, provide feedback about event to planning committee. Shifts are 2-3 hours in length between 12-6pm.
•BankCherokee Site Help: Help with children’s activity, set up and take down, watch for cleanliness, keep track of visitors provide programs and maps to visitors<
• WSCO site help: Help staff the WSCO booth at Rascher Plumbing. Keep track of visitors, answer questions about the event and WSCO, provide programs and maps, help answer questions about art exhibit (provided by artist)

Photographer/Videographer
Help take pictures and/or video of events and people.
shifts are flexible. (need to have own camera)

In-kind donation
Water, tents, chairs etc. If you can’t help during the day or have some of the items listed that you would like to loan out or donate for our volunteers it would be much appreciated!

Take down
Help us clean up and take down the lawn signs so we can use them the next year.

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Help create a Mile Long Book at this year’s Art on the Avenue

Sarah Stengle shows off the first stages of the Mile Long Book.

Sarah Stengle shows off the first stages of the Mile Long Book.

One of the highlights of this year’s Art on the Avenue will be an opportunity to help create a Mile Long Book. The project, by artist and neighborhood resident Sarah Stengle, is a folding book that, when extended, will be literally one mile long once it is completed.

Stengle estimates the book will be completed by 2015. Meanwhile, participants of all ages at this year’s Art on the Avenue can help contribute by adding to the 64,000 pages it will take to complete the project.

“Participants can contribute to the book by folding, gluing, writing or drawing, as they prefer,” says Stengle.

Stengle’s plan is to ultimately unfold the entire book along the High Bridge, weather permitting.

“If it rips or tears in the process it can be mended,” she says. “I want this book to be the opposite of a precious artifact. I hope that a very hands-on collective process and a carefree attitude about mistakes, will make people comfortable in engage directly with the art of the book.”

The Mile Long Book project will be at Stengle’s studio near Smith and Stevens on St. Paul’s West Side. Other events, including art exhibits, music and children’s activities, will take place Saturday August 9 starting at noon along Smith Avenue from the south end of the High Bridge to Dodd Road in West St. Paul.

Watch for more posts highlighting Art on the Avenue events in the coming weeks…