R2G in Action

Arts & Culture

Rust to green has partnered with various arts organizations to further urban development projects, and has involved the general public in the creation of public art as a means of reinvigorating spaces in downtown Utica. During the summer of 2011 the public was invited to participate in the painting of a r2g mural in Genesee alley. The event was highly publicized and members of the well-known music group "Enter the Hagis" made a special appearance and joined in the effort.

In an effort to cultivate both physical and social revitalization in downtown Utica Rust 2 Green became active in the Utica Monday Nite tradition, activating the Genesee alley with live music, dance lessons, and weekly exhibits promoting the research being done by Rust 2 Green Civic Interns.

Other projects undertaken by R2G, including the proposed redesign of Genesee streetscape, and chancellor and Kemble Park and the One World Garden, have highly prioritized design that will support arte events, is centered around public art, and fosters a process of community engagement.

Abbey Grimshaw holds an interview at the newly redesigned Liberty Bell Park with Utica youths.

In an effort to cultivate both physical and social revitalization in downtown Utica, R2G became active in the Utica Monday Nite tradition, activating the Genesee alley with live music, dance lessons, and weekly exhibits promoting the research being done by Rust 2 Green Civic Interns. Here, Paula Horrigan and Utica residents participate in an collage making project during a R2G Monday Nite event.

The Saranac Brewery hosts concerts during the summer, bringing together large numbers of local residents to celebrate and enjoy music, food, and community.

During the summer of 2011 R2G hosted public concerts with music, dancing, public art, and educational displays. These gatherings provided important opportunities for the community to come together and celebrate the arts, public space, and the city.

Rust to green has partnered with various arts organizations to further urban development projects, and has involved the general public in the creation of public art as a means of reinvigorating spaces in downtown Utica. During the summer of 2011 R2G sponsored a public art day where Utica community members participated in the painting of the R2G leaf in the Genesee St. Ally. The event was highly publicized and members of the well-known music group "Enter the Hagis" made a special appearance and joined R2G civic interns and local residents in the effort.