Rosa Parks Museum to host Mobile Studio art event downtown on Saturday

Posted: Thursday, 17 January 2013

MONTGOMERY—Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum will host a public art project in downtown Montgomery on Saturday, Jan. 19, that will bring to life the “wishes” of local students.

The museum will host a Mobile Studio event from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Court Square where artist Daniel Neil, curator of the Rosa Parks Museum, and Jocelyn Zanzot, co-director of the Mobile Studio and Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Auburn University, will lead students and members of the public in the creation of silkscreen posters inspired by “birthday wishes” for Parks’ upcoming 100th birthday.

Admission to the event is free and members of the public are invited to observe and take part in the creation of the posters, which will be displayed as part of the museum’s 100th Birthday Celebration for Rosa Parks on Feb. 4.

The event will also feature live music from the bands Potluck Drum Choir, Less Than Heroes and Monsoon.

The Mobile Studio event is among those listed on the National Day of Service website by the President’s Inauguration Committee. Attendees can learn more about the event and RSVP at http://action.2013pic.org/page/event/detail/4vxv3.

The creation of the posters is the part of the museum’s ongoing “Birthday Wishes Project,” in which students from around the city reflected on Rosa Parks’ life and vision and submitted their own “wishes” for how their communities could be improved today.

“This event is an opportunity to engage children and young people in civic life and responsibility, by making their voices heard and recorded,” Neil said. “In short, the project is really about seriously listening to young people and giving power to their words.”

More than 1000 wishes for the future of the city inspired by Parks’ life work have poured in from local school children and people around the world.

“The Mobile Studio has worked with Ambassadors of the Rosa Parks Museum, Jerry Johnson and his graphic design students at Troy University and Landscape Architecture students from Auburn University to translate these wishes into visual messages that will be returned to schools and neighborhoods across the city and presented to district representatives on the evening of Rosa Parks’ Birthday Gala,” Neil said.

Neil, who joined the Rosa Parks Museum as curator in December, is also co-director of the Mobile Studio project. The Mobile Studio is an intermedia collective that studies, re-presents and re-imagines contemporary Alabama landscapes through co-creative art making and events in the field.

For more information about the Mobile Studio event, contact Neil at 334-241-8701