ArtLocal is a project initiative using art and creative thinking in localized public spaces throughout the city of Kettering. On June 9, Cities of Service hosted a block party to celebrate the Haverstick neighborhood, located adjacent to the Kettering Business Park, off of Forrer Avenue. Art projects brought families together to be creative and have fun
CITY OF KETTERING SELECTS JES MCMILLAN FOR PUBLIC ART COMMISSION
The City of Kettering’s CitySites ArtLocal Program has awarded Jes McMillan and the Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton a commission to create a new permanent artwork. McMillan will work closely with residents in the Haverstick neighborhood of Kettering, including students from Beavertown Elementary School and the community at Rosewood Arts Centre.
ArtLocal was established in 2017 to facilitate community participation in the development of a collaborative permanent artwork in public spaces throughout Kettering. This year, the Haverstick neighborhood was selected for ArtLocal, in partnership with Cities of Service (COS), a City of Kettering program dedicated to innovative ways to harness the power of volunteers and celebrate Kettering’s neighborhoods.
McMillan is the second artist to participate in the ArtLocal program, which completed its inaugural artwork this past June with artist Virginia Kistler of Gahanna, Ohio, in Kettering’s Oak Park neighborhood.
Beginning in October, McMillan will lead community workshops and activities in the Haverstick neighborhood of Kettering, including at Central Christian Church and Beavertown Elementary, with additional programs and activities at Rosewood Arts Centre. “Our simplified mural process allows us to achieve highly detailed murals while involving all members of the community regardless of age, ability, background and status,” wrote McMillan. “People create art together, for their own communities, taking pride in becoming the physical representation of a mosaic, thousands of tiny pieces coming together for one big beautiful purpose.”
The work will culminate in mosaics embedded into the sidewalks of the Haverstick neighborhood. The mosaics will be inspired by children’s sidewalk games, offering interactive engagement with residents, and addressing an alternative to the neighborhood not having a public park.
McMillan has been creating mosaics for over twenty years. In 2015, she founded the Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton, whose mission is to inspire, empower and unify the community through art. Recent projects include the commemorative sidewalk mosaics in Miamisburg, and projects with the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton and the Montgomery County Courts Probation. McMillan received degrees in Industrial Design and Applied Arts from Point Park University and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
ArtLocal is managed by Rosewood Arts Centre and the City of Kettering’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. Support for this project is made possible by CitySites, the Community Foundation for Kettering and the Ohio Arts Council. ArtLocal works in partnership with Cities of Service (COS), a City of Kettering program dedicated to innovative ways to harness the power of volunteers and address critical city needs.
ARTLOCAL - HAVERSTICK NEIGHBORHOOD
Upcoming Community Activities
Make a Difference Day
Saturday, October 27, 9 am - 12 pm
Central Christian Church, 1200 Forrer Boulevard
ArtLocal is working in the Haverstick neighborhood of
Kettering! Mosaic Institute artist Jes McMillan is creating a unique, collaborative public artwork with residents. Be a part of this project by visting her at Make a Difference Day!
A Rosewood Holiday Arts Festival
Saturday, December 1, 11 am – 3 pm
Rosewood Arts Centre, 2655 Olson Drive, Kettering 45420
The inaugural ArtLocal public artwork, created by Virginia Kistler, was dedicated on Saturday, June 23, in Oak Park! View images below (click image to view larger).