Tape Art

Sticking Together: A Community Tape Art Project

From August 30 to September 4th, we had a Tape Art takeover where community members learned how something as simple as painters tape can become a tool for artistic expression, community building and storytelling. Folks learned directly from Tape Art creators Michael Townsend and Leah Smith and participated in the Sticking Together Community Tape Art Project.

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What is Tape Art?

The Tape Art movement originated in Providence, Rhode Island in 1989 in the form of large-scale, collaborative drawings created in public spaces. The original Tape Art Crew continues to pioneer and evolve this medium and over the last 30 years they have produced over 500 public works and thousands of smaller drawings in locations around the globe.

The tape medium has a low bar entrance point — just about anyone can try it, and the payoff is high — participants see their efforts become part of a larger work. This completely removable medium incites curiosity and invites easy participation from a broad range of abilities and backgrounds, and the projects are collaborative by design. You can learn more about the tape artists and their years of experience with public art by visiting their website: tapeart​.com.

Why are you doing it?

Tape art is such an accessible medium that is easy to work with, we hope to engage as many audiences as possible and invite them to a collaborative art experience that will brighten up the neighborhood. We want to highlight ways in which the community has supported each other throughout the pandemic and provide creative activities that feel safe, inclusive and celebratory as we continue to emerge into a new normal.

Special Thanks to our Partners!

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