Sunday's Child UNITY and Courage Wall
Foo Foo Festival 2018
Sunday’s Child’s is happy to submit to the Foo Foo Festival the UNITY project, an interactive public art project to be built and on display in downtown Pensacola at the UWF Historic Trust’s Museum Plaza during the 2018 Foo Foo Festival celebration.
UNITY is a larger-than-life structure that celebrates our cultural uniqueness and strengthens our ties to each other. The project consists of 32 posts, each with identifiers such as, “I’m a parent; I’m a Veteran; I speak English as a second language; I identify as LGBTQ,” etc. Participants tie colorful ribbons to posts that reflect their identities. Their ribbon intertwines with others’ to create a web of interconnectedness. In the end, we see that we are all connected by something, and it's our diversity that builds a strong and vibrant community. In addition to UNITY, the project will include the “Courage Wall,” a larger-than-life chalk board that repeatedly reads, "I wish I had the courage to..." and allows visitors to complete the sentence and share their own stories.
This public art gateway installation located in the heart of downtown Pensacola will highlight the unique characteristics of Pensacolians and the story of our city through a welcoming public artwork that supports cultural tourism, promotes diversity, and furthers the mission of both Sunday's Child and the Historic Trust of promoting diversity and collecting and sharing the stories of Pensacolians.
This public art installation will provide activity throughout each day of the festival, will increase the success of the mission of the Foo Foo Festival, appeal to the cultural diversity of Pensacola, and will create a positive economic impact and cultural amenity for our residents and visitors.
The public artwork will span the entirety of the Foo Foo Festival, and potentially extended into the winter season. We will market this project heavily through social media on both the Historic Trust's "Historic Pensacola' social media platforms and Sunday's Child's website and Facebook pages.
We hope you will support this collaborative and creative placemaking effort to integrate public art into one of our most prominent community gateways.
UNITY and Courage Wall
Project Location: UWF Historic Trust Museum Plaza, Downtown Pensacola