Youth Signage Project for Jamiel Park
During the summer of 2016, IMAGO worked with the Town of Warren and youth in its Parks and Recreation Program to develop new signage for Jamiel Park.
Funded by the Rhode Island Foundation Centennial Community Grant Program, the sign project was a collaboration between Imago Foundation for the Arts (IFA) and the Town of Warren. Youth involved in the Town’s summer recreation program brainstormed ideas and made recreation and sport-themed ceramic tiles under the direction of ceramic artist Ellen Blomgren that will be incorporated into two new signs at Jamiel Park entrances in the coming months.
In total, the town of Warren received $15,000 to repair and restore full public access to the Jamiel Park Outdoor Skating Rink, the only Olympic-size inline skating rink in the area. A small portion of the grant was earmarked for a collaboration with IFA to incorporate public art into the park.
“This is a great example of what makes Warren special and how we can be smart and creative about achieving multiple goals,” said Joseph DePasquale, President of the Warren Town Council. “The designation of the Town as an arts district, the active participation by our artists and other volunteers in Town affairs, our commitment to provide excellent recreational facilities, and our ability to partner with the State and institutions like the Rhode Island and Imago Foundations all contributed to making this wonderful project possible.