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Artists Creating Structures to be Displayed at Nonprofits

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The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, a Charlottesville nonprofit, is helping bring art out of the studio and into the community.  Artists are building shed-like installations for nonprofits to display as part of an initiative to introduce more art into the community.

“We are working on a project called Habitat City which we've been partnering different nonprofits with different artists to develop these six by six foot spaces,” said Matthew Slaats, the director of The Bridge.

The idea is for artists to create structures entirely out of recycled materials to place at nonprofits around Charlottesville.

“Everything from making a greenhouse for the Virginia Institute of Autism to working with the Jefferson Madison Regional Library to create a book habitat to working with C'ville Foodscapes in the Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville to build a little solitary bee habitat,” Slaats said.

The book habitat for the Jefferson Madison Regional library is well underway. It's made out of books that would have been recycled due to damage or because they're obsolete.

“It will initially be out on Main Street for the Tom Tom Festival and we are thinking about ideas for where its eventual home will be, hopefully in a location that is a little underserved by the library,” said artist Zoe Edgecomb.

Construction on the remaining habitats will continue throughout the month. The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative is looking for volunteers to help the artists with their creative projects. They are also asking for recycled pieces of plywood or other materials.For more information click here.  Donations can be made here.

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