At Saint Paul Open Streets Sunday, September 15th, 11am-6pm, University Avenue will be closed to auto traffic between Hamline and Marion with a huge variety of activities, local business offerings, music and fun along the avenue. I am presenting the now well-seasoned evolving, life-sized sidewalk chalk board game as one of several fun, family-friendly art activities on the corner of University and Hamline in the old Midway Chevrolet lot. This vacant car dealership is the future site of an affordable housing development by Project for Pride in Living, and in the meantime is undergoing temporary creative placemaking interventions via the Artify Hamline Station initiative, with support from Irrigate in partnership with PPL. All the open streets art projects at this site will use the theme “Home is…”
Co-create a giant sidewalk chalk board game in the street! Roll dice. Hop, twirl, squawk, recite, wiggle. Make up rules, build it bigger. The game evolves throughout the day as players add to the board with their own instructions and alter routes and rules of play. Examples might include basics such as “Go back 2 spaces” or “Roll again” as well as creative action commands like “Make a funny face at someone you don’t know.” “Recite a seven word poem about honey badgers.” “Sing a song you hated as a child.” “Pretend you are wearing a funny hat.” The Land of Parcheesopoly is designed to instigate connection and interaction with friends and strangers through movement, laughter, manipulation and negotiation of rules, cheating when appropriate, and ridiculousness.
Hope to see you out on the Central Corridor on Sunday!