- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A public art project in downtown Lincoln alley is offering residents the opportunity to share their hopes for a better future.

The Lincoln Thrive Wall consists of four sheets of painted plywood featuring 80 spaces in which people will use a piece of chalk to fill in the blank with ideas about how they can help improve the community. Another sheet of plywood explains the 10-day service project headed by Leadership Lincoln.

“The hope is to have the wall focus on individuals’ impact within the community, instead of the desires of our own lives,” said Kendall Warnock, whose Leadership Lincoln class launched the idea and helped install the Lincoln Thrive Wall.

Leadership Lincoln hopes to inspire responses such as what residents can do to help the hungry, homeless and underprivileged.

“It will make people think about their own lives,” Warnock said, “and what in my life can I do to make my community better?”

Organizers plan to unveil the temporary blackboards Thursday and keep them in the Haymarket District alley until Oct. 4. The responses will be photographed before the boards are wiped clean each day, the Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/1QAba6W ) reported.

Leadership Lincoln fellows came up with the idea earlier this year at a retreat. It’s a play on New Orleans-based artist Candy Chang’s “Before I Die” project, which invites people to fill in the blank with an item off of the top of their bucket list, and has been recreated more than 1,000 times in 70 different countries.

“This was kind of out of left field,” Warnock said. “We thought it was a great idea. We thought it was a unique idea.”

Leadership Lincoln still isn’t sure what it will do with the hopes that it collects from residents.

“We’re going to come together as a group and identify what the next step is,” Warnock said. “It just depends on how much interaction there is.”


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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