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The Arc Community Greenspace

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The Arc Community Greenspace is a collaboration between The Arc, the City of Meadville, and the Art & Environment Initiative with loads if input from community stakeholders and event participants. It was developed as a community venue where individuals from The Arc and the Meadville community can safely gather and form natural relationships through participation in arts, culture, and community events. The site is available to the public as an informal gathering space and as a venue for live concerts, community theatre and arts-engagement. The adjacent parking lot is used for overflow space for larger events on the weekends and in the evening. If you'd like to propose an event, please complete this form.

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Since 2018 The Arc has organized more than 13 community-engagement events during Second Saturday Markets, First Fridays, and Community Movie Nights Under the Stars. These events, featuring art, culture, and wellness, have supported development of a community vision for site design and community-informed public art that has beautified the site while addressing issues of slum and blight. Click here to see photos. If you'd like to propose an event, please compete this form

ENGAGEMENT

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The Arc Community Greenspace has transformed a vacant and blighted city lot in the heart of Meadville's Chestnut Street business district into an inclusive, art-filled greenspace that celebrates Mill Run, models solar energy, and builds community capacity. The site serves as a venue for arts, culture and wellness events organized by the community for the community and is also available as an informal community gathering space.

Click here to view Preliminary Project Plans.

Click here to view Current Project Plans.

Click here to view Project History & Timeline. 

If you'd like to propose an event, please compete this form

PLACEMAKING

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Creative Communities Initiative -

PA Council on the Arts and DCED

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts

Project Stream Grant -

PA Council on the Arts

Community Heart and Soul -

Pennsylvania Humanities Council and

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) - 

Community Conservation Partnership Program

GRANTS

PRESS STORIES

March 2023 - Meadville Tribune

Greenspace Construction Begins

 

October 2022- Meadville Tribune

Council approved Greenspace Contract

September 2022- Meadville Tribune

Second Mural Installed at Greenspace

July 2022- Meadville Tribune

Second Saturday Night Live returns tonight

April 2022- Meadville Tribune

Armstrong Cable Provides Wifi Access at Green-space 

February 2022- Erie Arts & Culture

Mercer & Crawford Awarded Pilot Grant from the State

December 2021- Meadville Tribune

Solar-powered Seating Added to Greenspace 

September 2020- Your Erie.com & Meadville Tribune

New Flower mural added to Meadville Building

June 2020- Meadville Tribune

Greenspace Project Preparations Resume

For additional press stories, click here

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Art and Environment
Initiative. 

The lead artist on this project is Amara Geffen, director of the Art & Environment Initiative, which promotes regional revitalization & beautification through arts-based placemaking and the creation of community-centered public art. The wooly mammoth sculpture pictured left, was developed by Geffen through an Our Town Grant, which she directed in Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania. The sculpture is located at Fireman's Beach. Click here for a short video of the fabrication process

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