We crossed the state line into Louisiana and Holly swore she could hear the parades waiting for us in New Orleans. It is both exciting and sad to be so close to our destination. But there is still much bike riding to do, and even more art to be made. Stay tuned for announcements of events throughout New Orleans, especially the art exhibit; if you live in NOLA, don't be surprised if we show up at your doorstep with art supplies sometime in the next two weeks.
Riding through the flat, cotton-filled landscape of the Mississippi Delta, sometimes we don't see people for hours at a time. However, when we do get to a town, the people we meet are so incredibly friendly and helpful. So, here are several photos of people making art, followed by a few photos of the kind souls who saved us and made our trip possible.
Illinois has been fun, but it's time to see what art looks like in other states. We had a few brief but enjoyable interludes in Missouri, and then yesterday we crossed into Kentucky via a police escort across the bridge from Cairo, Illinois. This end of Kentucky is short, so we will soon be entering Tennessee and then Mississippi. If anybody knows anyone who lives along the river in those states, send us an email so we can meet up and make some art with them!
While in St. Louis, we visited Ferguson to see an ongoing art therapy project taking place there. We attended a vibrant and active farmer's market, stopped by the opening of a new community center, and witnessed a vocal and strong protest during our short visit. Clearly, many-sided issues are still very charged, and we heard several opinions about what is happening in this neighborhood. The media tends to show a negative portrait of this town, but we spoke with many kind and concerned people who live there.
If you would like more information about the art therapy project called Ribbons of Hope, and learn how you can participate, click on this link: https://onedrive.live.com/redir?page=view&resid=80E7324D44AE78A0!175&authkey=!AM85pXaYN9fpdFQ