Shapira Communal Art
Years: 2012 to 2013
Location: Shapira Neighborhood, South Tel Aviv
Artists: Michal Avgar-Daniely, Yaron Bareli, children and youth from the Shapira neighborhood
The project was made possible by a donation from Artport Tel Aviv and from the center for Young Art, a public-benefit corporation established by Jason Arison, chairman of the Ted Arison Family Foundation.
ArtportTLV, an art gallery and residency program in Tel Aviv, wanted to develop a project in the public space that would integrate art with the community adjacent to the residency, which was still being established. Following their approach, I carried out field research and contacted the Ichpat center for youth at risk in the Shapira neighborhood. For six months I held a series of weekly meetings with the youth from the center, and exposed them to art-based community projects in Israel and around the world. The youth participated in activities in the neighborhood’s public space, which helped them to come up with the idea to build a bench-sculpture above the center’s bomb shelter, that would serve as a place to meet and relax.