Artistic collaboration and community engagement: Rockbridge Area Prevention Coalition

Students in ARTS292 collaborated with the Rockbridge Area Prevention Coalition to create a temporary but moveable installation in Hopkins Green, raising awareness about substance abuse and promoting healthy alternatives.

Project Completed: May 2017

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Students in ARTS292

Abstract

Students worked on a temporary installation in a public park to raise awareness about youth substance abuse in the Rockbridge area.  As part of this project, student installed a series of suspended, overlapping circles from where they hung long, vibrantly colored nylon strings to represent the different spheres that we all navigate in our lives and communities, including different relationships and social circles, as well as the multitude of ideas and challenges that exist in each of those spheres.  This was an interactive installation, where visitors could walk through the circles and also pick up a card or two with ideas of healthy, fun alternatives to substance use.

As part of their installation, students also paid tribute and made reference to the Serenity Prayer, which is commonly used in treating addiction.

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Project Details

Agency Name Rockbridge Area Prevention Coalition (RAPC)
Mission RAPC is a community coalition, whose "mission is to reduce substance abuse among youth in the Rockbridge area by increasing community awareness of substance use and other prevention related issues and by promoting a comprehensive network of prevention and intervention services and resources. The Coalition's vision is to promote protective factors and decrease risk factors in order to help build healthy youth, families, and communities in the Rockbridge area."
Website http://www.racsb.org/
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