"Saving the Crew that Matters" is a social practice artwork and civic project that calls into question the priorities of Columbus city leaders. Why is the construction of a new Crew stadium being subsidized with tax money while public school buildings continue to go without vital repairs and updates? Why does city spending appear to be prioritizing projects that benefit only rich and predominantly white constituents?
This project consists of signage and postcards available for public distribution. Those who want to express their views and participate in the project can visit the Urban Arts Space, 50 West Town St, during gallery hours from February 22 through March 14..
"Saving the Crew that Matters" will also consist of the Human Library. The Human Library is an interactive resource for people interested in gathering live, first-person research on Columbus civic and social justice issues. At each session, a featured human or humans will be available to give their perspective on the Crew stadium funding controversy and the state of Columbus city schools as an opening conversation. Questions and tangents to other civic matters thereafter by library users are welcome. The Human Library will take place at the Urban Arts Space during these dates and times:
Saturday Feb 22, 5:30-6:30pm, with Scott Woods
Wednesday, Feb 26, 1-2pm, with Joe Motil and Melody McDowell Reed
Thursday, March 5, 4-5pm with Laura Recchie and Michael Skelton
The Human Library and other projects related to "Saving the Crew that Matters" are presented by the Second Sight Project and artist Mona Gazala, in cooperation with the Ohio State University, and with partial funding by the Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.