Worcester Common Ground
Piedmont Plays: A Campaign to Love Your Neighborhood
With the help of the area's youngest residents, Piedmont Plays uses tires and chalkboards to help connect the Piedmont community.
About the Project
The Piedmont neighborhood of Worcester, Massachusetts, faces historic problems with negative perceptions about the neighborhood. In an effort to take back ownership of their streets and combat ongoing public safety issues, the community developed a play intervention made up of three components:
- "Project Tire Makeover," a series of school workshops and community paint days where residents spray paint tires with playful character designs. The tires are installed at community hubs with spray-painted instructions that inspire interaction.
- A community chalkboard at the Tot Lot playground, asking questions such as, "What is your superpower?" and "Design your dream neighborhood."
- Chalk-spray painted pathways connecting the playful tires and the community chalkboard installations.
The neighborhood additions and community events have created playful opportunities for both kids and adults in the neighborhood.
"I like the fact that the whole neighborhood can see our projects."
Participants in the Piedmont Plays project had the opportunity to work together in a way that was very unique, which did wonders for building pride and ownership for what they accomplished. Since the launch of Piedmont Plays, the community has seen a growing desire by kids to make art a part of their community, especially in ways that allows them to stretch their imaginations.