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Community Environmental Based Art

Feb 22, 2016




This is the final document I did for the my community Environmental Based Art class last spring

  • Community-Based

    Enviornmental Art

    in University Hospital

    Yilin LiM039381382011-Spring

    College of DAAPUniversity of Cincinnati

    A project for the Maternity Unit

  • Part one Introduction to the course Expectations of mine Getting to know members of the group

    Part two Getting ready for the project Ideas exploration of the Proposal Doing the Proposal Final Presentation

    Part Three Decision of the Proposal Rearrangement Brainstorming Sketches

    Part Four Progressing the project Finally Conclusion

    Content of the Book

    Content of the Book

  • This course will immerse the students in the process of community-based art. Students will be engage with various participants and a com-munity agency to experinece the many dimensions of community-based art and its interdisciplinary process. We will be combining art, urban plan-ning, education, activism and philanthropy in our experience.

    The University of Cincinnati Art Education Program is collaborating wiht UC Health University Hospital health professionals to curate a permanent exhibition for their newly renovated Maternity Gynecology Unit located on the 3rd floot of the main hospital. This unit provides a supportive health environment for women in the Cincinnati region-a place to give birth, to heal, to grieve losses, to learn and to grow. For the purposes of this class, we will be engaging with UC hospital professtionals, patients and high school students from all over the greater Cincinnati area in order to create a collaborative work of art to be permanently installed in the unit

    Introductionto the


    Art Learning

    &Social Change


  • Expectations of


    After the introduction to the course today, I feel like this course is designed to help students to build relationship with the local commu-nity, particularly the University Hospital. We are expected to improve the community through the art project we are going to be doing for this course.

    As an international student from China, I believe I could bring into different ideas from a different cultural background while I am doing my project with my team. Also, as a planning student, I will provide professional ideas from the planning area to help improve the community. I expected to be difficult not only because this is a five hundred level class but also because it requires the comprehensive knowledge about art and community. We have to think big because the work is going to have multiple impacts on the community.

    Last, in my opinion, a community is just more than a place people live tightly to each other. It is not just physical. Community has its own characteristic. It is a particular way of living developed by its residents and operation participants. Community socializes the people who get involve in the daily activities. Community is developed by people and develops people.

    Service Learning&

    Community Art


  • Getting toKnow

    Members of the Group

    I think the unique skills and talent I can offer for the process of community art is my good understanding about sustainable community planning and streetscape design that I learned from my other planning classes. I also have the software and hand drawing skills to present to people our design and make them understand the advantages easily. First of all, I have done community study and improvement projects last quarter. I teamed up with one of my planning classmate to make a deep study about the Ludlow community and did a problem solution proposal in the end. That taught me how to think for the community as a community member. Second of all, I think I am really good at providing 2D designs and 3D models of the art I am going to be doing. I think these skills will help to me more flexible when I am doing my work in this course. In conclusion, since I have done new landscape design to prove the community, I considered that is a really helpful experience to what I will be doing for this course. However, I think I am lacking the relationship building experience with the community members. So that is also what I am planning to learn through this course.

    I have learned how to draw a cute dinosaur character from my partner today. It is a re-ally happy and cute character. I have also learned that I am actually more patient that I thought. I can teach people things. Before today, I have always been thinking that I could not teach at all. Therefore, I expect more experiences like this so that I can practice how to express my ideas and let them learn that more. At the mean time, I am also feared to do so because of my shyness. I cant do a lot of relationship building unless the person I am building a relationship with is pretty positive too. I am afraid that I might confuse people a lot.

    After the Tharp reading, I will re-evaluate my skills from last class as hardware part of my skills. I put down mostly things I can do but I didnt put down how I will deal with people. I feel like if I had anther chance to re-evaluate myself, I will consider the software part of my skills a lot because according Tharp, attitudes and personalities are a very important part of achievement too.

    Communicating in



  • Getting ReadyFor

    The Project

    Today we have seen a lot of the past finished art project in Over-the-Rhine commu-nity. Honestly, I am very touched by the art projects that have been done in the com-munity. Although they are not the most beautiful artworks I have ever seen, but I have to say they fits the community really well. Today its more like an eye-side opening trip for us college students.

    For the local community, have artworks like the project is very important. They make the community more beautiful, more inviting, more joyful and more attractive to both residents and visitors. Since Over-the-Rhine has such a nice market, Findlay Mar-ket, being attractive is very important for the local business to have more people to come and buy things. For the youth who participate in the project, this is a really good experiential learning process with the young professionals from the university. It is about learning more about their community, the home where they have been brought up. Although they are local, they might not know their community thoroughly. It is sort of like finding themselves. For the college students, it will be totally an eye-side opening trip by studying the community deeply during the project. It helps them to understand the diversity of beauty and life and appreciate the community. Last but nor least help-ing Over-the-Rhine to heal itself by community-based art projects like this will help both the Over-the-Rhine community and the city of Cincinnati by reducing the crime rate and increasing community involvement.

    In conclusion, the processing and the result of this community-based art project are mutually beneficial to the people who involved in it and for the Over-the-Rhine com-munity.

    Reasearching IApr.14.2011

  • Getting Ready For

    Th Project

    Today after we visited the actual site we are going to work on in the University Hospital, I feel exited and nervous. First of all, it is good to see what we can do to improve the womens department to bring in joyful elements. However, after we asked tons of questions about what we can do and what we cannot do, I felt like a lot of my previ-ous ideas failed to fulfill the clients needs. Especially the mirror idea is not as capable as I thought it would be since this is really not the childrens department. The patients are mostly moms and future moms. So I am guessing I have to think of some more mature ideas. And the new thing just came up today is that the womens department is also dealing with moms that just lost their baby. Therefore, in some spe-cific areas we are not encouraged to images have lots of babies. Also, because of the existing environment in the womens department, we have to also consider the existing furniture. So I am also nervous since I have to think of some new ideas. But overall I am really happy to be able to have a real impact on the communities around UC. I am so willing to bring in happiness in the hospital. This is the very first time I can do something like a real project! Anyways, I am so ready for the next class and take the next step!!! Reasearching II


  • Ideas Exploration for

    the Proposal

    Basically, what we have done in todays class was sharing the sketches we have done and presenting different cool ideas that we have thought about during the weekend. It was like a little presentation within our group sharing first ideas. For the sketches, Lindsey and I have each drown a sketch of a woman. I had a sketch of a woman holding her child sitting under a tree. Lindsey has thought hard on the colors and picked out the color palette we would be able to use accord-ing the color tone in the hospital. Based on that, we have searched for styles on the Internet and I have found two really soft styles that can also help us to avoid the race problem because they were stylized. Also, based on what Cali had provided, we added the idea of a tree representing life and growth. Fortunately I have already had the image of a woman and her child reacting with the tree. Alex even suggested having a swing so that they could react more with the tree. And the leaves on the tree are also easy to be converted to some floating shape just like the womens hair. Therefore we had our conclusion doing an image of a woman holding her child on the swing under the tree using soft color tones. Also, we have to discuss more on which color tone we are going to use so we definitely are going to develop more detailed image for Thursday.