STREETS ALIVE is the most recognised Public Art programme of the Interweave Arts Association, and aims to provide quality arts opportunities and experiences for young people, the young at heart, people experiencing disability and school and community groups.
The program’s Streets Alive Youth Arts Festival, held in 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2010, has involved thousands of young people and Tasmanian artists, expanding their skills through a huge variety of arts projects for taking over the streets of Launceston. As part of its involvement in the Junction Arts Festival 2010 the program developed a Public Arts Trail structure which was voted amongst the top three most engaging events of the festival, and did so again in 2011.
Each Streets Alive program has left a lasting legacy of Public Works in the Launceston community, including the Graffiti Log Sculpture in Royal Park, the Text Rox in Kings Park, numerous Graffiti Murals including in Officeworks car park, under Kings Bridge and Sandlers Laneway, the STOP Talking Rubbish Bin and Dinosaur Chair at the Studio QVMAG at Inveresk, Traffic Graffix on signal boxes around the CBD, the Labyrinth above the children’s playground in City Park, and most recently the Paste Your Face photographic mural on the outside of Coles Mowbray!
Each Streets Alive asks a question, and in 2013 the question is – What Is Home (to you)? This 2013 Home project, which will be developed in the months leading up to this year’s Homelessness persons week (5-11August), will aim to highlight home in terms of art, but also on a more personal angle as it reviews people’s notions of home as it reclaims public places within the Launceston CBD for the community and visitors.