ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Community Arts of Elmira is working to bring a new project to the city. On the corner of East Second and Lake Street, is what will eventually become a community project.
"I hope [people] look at it and say 'Wow,'" says Bob Butcher, the architect for the project. "I hope they see it and are able to understand there is such creativity in this neighborhood and in this community. And it changes the perspective of what art is all about."
The plan includes an art wall to be completed in phase one. A mural will allow artists from around the area to paint and change the space throughout the year. A performance space will also be built.
The project will be entirely funded through grants and through Community Arts.
"It represents the part of Plan Elmira--the strategic plan of the Revitilization Initiative," says Lynne Rusinko, President of Community Arts of Elmira. "It encourages the community itself to participate [and] to share in the uplifting of our city."
Two homes on the Community Arts property will make way for even more work to be showcased. Demolition is scheduled for next week. That space will then be redeveloped in phase two.
"Our effort stems from the arts and the educational and cultural aspects of how community sectors can participate in this revitilization," says Rusinko. "[Also] by reducing blight and by building community through the arts."
The art wall is expected to be finished in Spring 2018.