The Land of Parcheesopoly
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 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. Originally presented at the Northern Spark Festival in June 2013 in Lowertown, Saint Paul with support from Irrigate, Parcheesopoly was remounted for several Open Streets events in Minneapolis and Saint Paul throughout 2013-2015. Thanks also to support from Artify Hamline Station for the St. Paul game. 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 the 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.” You can view a list here of all the instructions participants created at the first playing during Northern Spark, some with links to photos and videos.
See more 2013 photos:
Inquiries: Thanks to everyone who has jumped, jive and rolled their way through the Land of Parcheesopoly at Open Streets, Friendly Streets and Northern Spark festivals in the Twin Cities. The Parcheesopoly dice have been retired. If you are feeling inspired to make your own, these were made by sewing large cube shaped pillows and covering them with layers of colored duct tape.
Irrigate was a creative placemaking collaboration between Springboard for the Arts, Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the City of St. Paul. Irrigate was an artist-led creative placemaking* initiative spanning the six miles of the Central Corridor Light Rail line in Saint Paul during the years of its construction. By mobilizing artists to engage in their community, Irrigate changed the landscape of the Central Corridor with color, art, surprise, creativity and fun. Robyn managed Irrigate’s social media communications on facebook and twitter.
Presented at Friendly Streets block parties in the summer of 2011 along Charles Avenue in Saint Paul with support from Springboard for the Arts
Robyn collaborated with Talia Galowitch and Jennifer Johnson of Arts in Action to create pLaYMaGinAtiON sPaCE, a project which combined participatory painting with an improvisational theatre experience including sound, movement, and role-play. Neighbors of all ages painted pictures responding to three questions:
When someone visits your neighborhood, where do you take them?
What do you hope your neighborhood will look like in the future (5 years, 10 years, etc)?
What do you like best about your street?
This artwork was hung up on clotheslines to create an enclosed play space where Talia and Jen led block party attendees in theatrical improv adventures. More photos here.