Provincetown Public Library will host the first Connecting US 20 event of our road trip. Even though P’town is not on US 20, it holds a special place for Sal and Lynn. Sal had her low residency Master of Fine Arts program in P’town, graduating in 2008. Lynn visited her several times in P’town and assisted in setting up her Masters installation. We both have fond memories of our time in this charming old New England town.
Connecting US 20 is a FREE traveling art event in libraries that increases awareness of local commonalities and differences across the country. Community libraries will be the catalyst for linking local writers and art across America’s longest highway.
Starting May 1st in Boston, Sal Strom and Lynn Moyers will travel all of US 20s 3,365 miles through 12 states, ending May 31st in Sal’s Pacific Coast home town Newport, Oregon. We will be connecting towns along America’s longest highway using the metaphor of safety pin chains to show our connected nature and how each town is similar, yet different from all others on the route.
Connecting US 20 is about community, no matter where that community is located.This project is about linking people together through Art. Participants will connect multi-colored safety pins into chains, symbolizing the linkage of communities across the country. Each participant will create one chain as a souvenir and a second chain to be shared with the next town. We want to symbolize the linkage libraries offer their communities and patrons.
As part of the performance in each town, colorful cheesecloth and Art will converge, highlighting local authors. Photos on the site give an idea of how this would work. Both the safety pins and the cheesecloth encourage participation through color and celebration of Art. The pins and cheesecloth are emblematic of the larger role Art plays in life and community.