Arts in Mart

Detail of Chambless Field Mural

We believe that to build relationships and foster community change, a strong connection to the community is required. In the summer of 2011, MCP rented a home in Mart to house visiting artists and other project participants for extended periods of time. The house has since become a hub of activity. Artists Muhsana Ali and Amadou Kane Sy turned the garage of the house into an art studio where they produced Senagalese glass paintings in preparation for mosaic murals at Mart High and Chambless Football Field. Instructors who ran the digital media and drama for change workshops also stayed here during June 2011. During the summer, with the support of UT graduate student Heidi Schmalbach, the MCP has continued a project begun in Spring 2011 that forged a community consortium which includes representatives from Mart City Council, Mart residents, the local newspaper, and UT students to advance a community-driven agenda. This consortium will continue into the Fall and beyond, demonstrating the sustainability of this unique university/community partnership.