BeCville Announces Winners of $18,500 in Community Art ProjectsPosted: Updated:
A few spots around Charlottesville are getting a makeover. BeCville is awarding $18,500 to four community arts projects.
At the Daughters of Zion Cemetery, a new memorial will sit in honor of the more than 100 unmarked graves. This goes along with three other projects.
Belmont, Ridge Street, and Fifeville neighborhoods voted on a series of public art projects that directly responded to residential concerns.
"Kind of connecting Belmont and Ridge Street and Fifeville neighborhoods together," Matthew Slatts of BeCville said.
"It was such a great idea by BeCville to involve the community in trying to get everyone to come together and just be working together, which is very important," Edwina St. Rose of The Preservers of Daughters of Zion Cemetery said.
An urban garden on South 1st Street received the most votes.
"When we asked the community how they were creative, the top thing they said was gardening," Slatts said.
Other projects include cherry trees on Cherry Street and installation of solar-powered LED lights called "Luminarea" along South 6th Street.
“One of the things we heard in the community is issues of safety and lighting and traffic," Slatts said.
At the last minute BeCville added the memorial to the unknown to the list thanks to extra funds in the budget.
"It’s an opportunity to memorialize the unknown burials here at the Daughters of Zion Cemetery and it's a great community project we've been working on very hard to restore and preserve the cemetery," St. Rose said.
The director says the projects will hopefully be done by the end of the year.