Ashley next took us to the Shotgun Houses that serve as gallery spaces for local, national and international artists. Each house was utilized by an artist to express different themes. As we went through each space I was flooded with ideas. Thoughts of how important it is for a person to have a place to call home. Thoughts on how we create "home". I had visions of one of these great spaces full of hats of all kinds hanging on the walls. Playing off of the saying "Home is where you hang your hat". I can see it so clearly. You walk into the house and there they are hanging on the wall, on the chairs, on the coat rack, maybe just laying on the floor. The important thing is that the hats will come from the community itself and then will return to the community when the artwork has had its' time. How will that happen? I do not know yet. That is my next step. How does the process of creation involve the community? How do the hats express history, personality, identity and point of view?
The day has just begun and I am inspired by the incredible artistic community at Project Row Houses. I am looking at the world with a new perspective. I am hungry for knowledge and a deeper understanding of cultural context. I realize that Project Row Houses has just worked its magic on me. I am awake and eager to get involved with the world around me.