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We could all do with a little love and hope.
From September 24 through October 29th, 2020, you can share your energy, thoughts, and dreams for Eureka and offer some healing to our community with a simple act of creative kindness.
The CommUNITY Hope Project invites everyone to make a flag symbolizing coming together for Eureka and each other.
Inspired by the vision of Francisca Garcia-Giri and brought to you by a partnership between Eureka Springs Community Center, Eureka Springs School of the Arts, and Flora Roja Community Acupuncture and Apothecary, the CommUNITY Hope Project is open to everyone regardless of where you live or your age.
You may use your own supplies or pick up a flag making kit to create as many flags as you would like to contribute.
The completed flags will be gathered and hung outside of the Eureka Springs Community Center as a reminder of all that we hope and dream for one another, and our connections to each other, and Eureka.
Supply Kit Pick-Up
Safe pick-up is available at the following locations:
- Eureka Springs Community Center
- Eureka Springs Farmers Market (Thursdays at ESCC)
- Eureka Springs School of the Arts
- Flora Roja Acupuncture & Apothecary
- Red Scottie Fibers
Flag Drop Off
Drop off your finished flag at the Community Center by October 29th. Flags will be tied together and displayed outdoors for everyone to enjoy!
You may also drop them off at a pick-up location or mail them to:
Eureka Springs Community Center CommUNITY Hope Flag Project PO Box 126 Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Read the story behind the CommUNITY Flag Project
Here we are, months into a world turned upside down. I don’t think any of us thought it would go on this long and still not knowing how it will play itself out, it can all feel pretty stressful. Lately it seems like folks are getting pretty worn around the edges. I feel my inner snarky coming out more than I would wish. This has really been on my mind and heart. I worry that once the Covid dust settles and the masks come off that there may be burned bridges amongst us that will be hard to repair.
I kept thinking what we might do to bring us closer together. Art is so healing, and this is such a creative community that it made sense to find a way to create a community art project. I was thinking over different things we could collaborate on, something that could work for young or old, no experience necessary.
One day I was watching some prayer flags flapping in the breeze; they looked so pretty. I thought we could do this, each make a prayer flag. It could be our love letter to Eureka, to each other, to the Earth. We could paint or draw on the, dye them, sew on them. Simple or fancy, what every one’s heart desires. Then we could hang them where we could all enjoy them. They would be like little snap shots of each other’s worlds, a way to connect with folks we haven’t seen for a while.
Right off it seemed to make sense to have this at the community center. I reached out to Cat and Kelly. They both jumped in with a big YES. We all agreed that these are very unique times we are living in and that it might be a good time to collect our stories, our thoughts and feelings as we move through these times. Won’t you join us?
From the heart,
– Francesca Garcia-Giri
How to Make CommUNITY Hope Flags
- Cut pieces of fabric to 6″ × 12″. Use materials you already have on hand or you can pick up a free kit at 4 convenient locations
- Fold the top down on each piece of fabric and stitch in place to create a 3″ sleeve, making the flag surface 6″ × 9″. If you don’t sew, don’t worry! You can use iron on hem adhesive or fabric glue!
- Paint, stitch, applique, or collage the flags or use markers to decorate the flags with whatever images or words you desire to convey your message of hope and unity to the community.