Get in the picture at Boston's big show
YOU can get in the picture at the Boston Community Showcase event on Sunday September 9 thanks to the town's groundbreaking Alchemy Project.
As part of the project's work to try to break down the barriers between the many communities now living in Boston social artist Katie Smith will be at the showcase event inviting people to have a portrait photograph taken.
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She then wants them to write a few words about who they are, what they do, what gets them up in the morning and anything else of interest to accompany their picture.
It's all part of a project call I Am Me, which The Alchemy Project is developing in partnership with Boston College.
"The aim is for people to stop for a few minutes and think about who they are, their identity and maybe where they live and who they live with," said David Lambert of Lincoln-based cultural solutions UK, which is co-ordinating The Alchemy Project on behalf of JUST Lincolnshire, the county's equality and human rights organisation.
"The portraits and text will become part of an online exhibition and the event will be filmed as part of a documentary being made about The Alchemy Project's work.
"Stop by and see us – it would be lovely to have a chat and you could get a lovely picture to share with family and friends too."
Boston Community Showcase is an annual community event and will be held in the town's Central Park on Sunday from 10am-4pm. Admission is free. It is designed to bring the community together, provide free family entertainment and raise the awareness of voluntary and community groups in the area.
"Alchemy is also hoping to make new friends and partnerships at the event to help us make sure we are working with as many community groups and partners as possible," David added.
The Alchemy Project is attempting to unravel the myths, misunderstandings and prejudices associated with the changes and challenges that Boston and the surrounding area face.
The project will initially run until March 2013 and is an initiative conceived by JUST Lincolnshire, the county's equality and human rights organisation. It is being co-ordinated by Lincoln-based arts consultants cultural solutions UK.
It is funded by the Community Development Foundation and other partners are Boston College, Boston Borough Council, South Lincolnshire Council for Voluntary Service, the Aegis Trust, Victim Support, Stop Hate UK and the Boston Community Safety Partnership.
Find out more at www.alchemyproject.eu or call JUST Lincolnshire on 01522 836161.