Please Join Us to Spread a Little Love and Hope in our Community
September 24, 2020 – October 29, 2020
Each flag is created in the artists own style, then hung outside for a while, its words and sentiment dissolving into the wind and being spread to all whom the wind touches. They are a living, breathing, kinetic journal of our hopes, dreams and concerns.
Please read the following letter by Francesca Garcia Giri of Flora Roja Community Acupuncture to learn more about this project:
Here we are, months into a world turned upside down. I don’t think any of us thought it would go on this long and still not knowing how it will play itself out, it can all feel pretty stressful. Lately it seems like folks are getting pretty worn around the edges. I feel my inner snarky coming out more than I would wish. This has really been on my mind and heart. I worry that once the Covid dust settles and the masks come off that there may be burned bridges amongst us that will be hard to repair.
I kept thinking what we might do to bring us closer together. Art is so healing, and this is such a creative community that it made sense to find a way to create a community art project. I was thinking over different things we could collaborate on, something that could work for young or old, no experience necessary.
One day I was watching some prayer flags flapping in the breeze; they looked so pretty. I thought we could do this, each make a prayer flag. It could be our love letter to Eureka, to each other, to the Earth. We could paint or draw on the, dye them, sew on them. Simple or fancy, what every one’s heart desires. Then we could hang them where we could all enjoy them. They would be like little snap shots of each other’s worlds, a way to connect with folks we haven’t seen for a while.
Right off it seemed to make sense to have this at the community center. I reached out to Cat and Kelly. They both jumped in with a big YES. We all agreed that these are very unique times we are living in and that it might be a good time to collect our stories, our thoughts and feelings as we move through these times. Won’t you join us?
From the heart -Francesca
Free Hope Flag Kits (which includes pre-cut flag size fabric) Pick-Up Locations
How to Make CommUNITY Hope Flags
- Cut pieces of fabric to 6″ × 12″. Use materials you already have on handor you can pick up a free kit at 5 convenient locations
- Fold the top down on each piece of fabric and stitch in place to create a 3″ sleeve, making the flag surface6″ ×9″. If you don’t sew, don’t worry! You can use iron on hem adhesive or fabric glue!
- Paint, stitch, applique, or collage the flagsor use markers to decorate the flagswith whatever images or words you desire to convey your message of hope and unity to the community.
- Drop off your completed flag at the Thursday farmers market or at the ESCC (there will be a box outside to accept the completed flags) by October 29th at 10 am.
- Your flag will join all the other flags submitted by your friends and neighbors and displayed outdoors at the Eureka Springs Community Center