We made it to Memphis, and the amount of cool people we met exploded! Lots of musicians and artists and all-around friendly types, and we had an interesting and exciting trip.
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
Although the landscape through central Illinois has been flat, we've been having our own ups and downs. For example, up: a great turnout of folks for artmaking at the Lexington Art Center, hosted by Emma Long. Down: riding in the pouring rain from Bloomington to Lincoln. Up: getting a warm welcome from a crowd at the Lincoln Art Institute, and then making art with them. Down: two flat tires on the road from Litchfield to Edwardsville. Up: meeting all sorts of nice people on Route 66 from Chicago all the way to St. Louis. All in all, the ups outweigh the downs.
Check out these great articles about the Art Therapy Pedalers crossing the country and making art with people:
We have had a great week of making art and meeting friends (old and new) in Chicago, but now we are preparing to ride on. Thank you to everyone who took part in spontaneous artmaking with us. Here are some photos from our various stops in Chicago, and be sure to keep checking back here at the website for updates on our next journey to the St. Louis area and many places in between.
We are so excited to arrive in Chicago and fulfill the prophecy as foretold by the fortune cookie. Come make art with us (and find out what is in the treasure chest) at 2 locations: on Saturday, September 6 at 10 am in Grant Park, and on Sunday, September 7 at BFF Bikes from 9 am to 11 am (2113 W. Armitage in Bucktown).