Community News Fort Oglethorpe hosting art walk Sunday

Community News Fort Oglethorpe hosting art walk Sunday

March 14th, 2018 by Alex Farmer in Community North Georgia

Esther Hart, graphic recorder with Bridge Innovate, is shown detailing Fort Oglethorpe's project during the Thriving Communities training held at Bridge Innovate in Chattanooga.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

The Thriving Communities team of Fort Oglethorpe is hosting an art walk at Gilbert-Stephenson Park Sunday, March 18 from 2-5 p.m.

Thriving Communities is a volunteer group working to heighten Fort Oglethorpe's economic prosperity through art and culture, according to the Thriving Communities Facebook page. The team is brainstorming a new project and asking the community for help. According to team member Chris McKeever, the art walk is a forum for the community to tell the team what they want.

"This is an opportunity to voice those, 'Oh I wish we had that' [thoughts]," McKeever said.

A chalk artist from Atlanta, Meg Mitchell, will be doing a presentation to get attendees' creative juices flowing. Four chalkboard easels made with materials donated by Home Depot will be available for children to try making their own chalk masterpieces.

Activities will be organized for adults and children, and a community bike ride will be led by Battlefield Bicycles starting at 3 p.m. There will be two riding groups, casual riders and road bikers, with a limited number of bicycles and helmets available to rent for $5.

"We put the call out for people who wanted to be involved, and Battlefield Bicycles raised their hands and said, 'we do!'" McKeever said.

Because the Thriving Communities team only has six members now, McKeever is hoping to find more civil servants amongst the art- and bike-loving crowd. With the help of the city, McKeever and her team want to integrate the city's history with art in a way that promotes the city.

"We are looking forward to having a great public art project that we can be proud of and make it something that people outside the city of Fort O. want to come and see," McKeever said.

Gilbert-Stephenson Park is at 19 Van Cleve St. To learn more about the project or event call McKeever at 770-608-4145. For more information about the bike ride call Battlefield Bicycles at 706-841-0040.