Local artist teams up with nonprofit to create community exhibitOne Roof Community Housing and local artist Jo Wood are teaming up to ask the community: What does “home” mean to you?
By: Clara Hatcher, Duluth Budgeteer News
One Roof Community Housing and local artist Jo Wood are teaming up to ask the community: What does “home” mean to you?
This fall, One Roof will be hosting an exhibit that displays a mix of Wood’s artwork and a collage of ideas and images that were submitted
describing what home means.
“I have been an artist all of my life and I have been doing my bead embroidery and selling my art to galleries for the last 20 years,” said Wood. “My work has always been about the outdoors because I feel at home there, so I thought about doing a new collection of work on the theme of ‘What “home” means.’”
Wood applied for the grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. It is a year-long period where Wood, with the awarded $10,000 from the grant, will make a new collection of artwork based on the theme of many meaning layers
Wood created a public component of the project by advertising that people
can submit suggestions of what home means to them— either an idea or an image— at One Roof Community Housing at 12 E. Fourth Street.
“There are several hundred applicants for each grant round,” said Wood. “The arts board has the money to fund about a quarter of them. I felt that my grant was well written and that I was passionate enough about my idea to receive the grant, but nonetheless I am honored.”
In the grant process, applicants must write a grant proposal, answer a questionnaire, and submit eight images of their work. The panel rates each applicant and the top-rated applicants receive the grant.
One Roof Community Housing agreed to host the exhibit, and even had Wood on its board in 2009.
“She [Wood] is a huge supporter of One Roof and has donated to us before,” said Annie Saboe, outreach and board coordinator at One Roof Community Housing. “We are collecting applications in the office and having the exhibit in our new office space.”
One Roof is a nonprofit organization that focuses on affordable housing as well as working with people to receive home buyer education and down payment assistance. It was formed based on the merger between NHS and Northern Community Land Trust in January of 2011.
Northern Community Land Trust has been around since 1990.
“It is fantastic that Jo is working with us to create this exhibit,” said Saboe. “She is a very talented local artist and her work ties in what home means to the community and it also ties in with the One Roof Community Housing mission.”
Wood’s exhibit will be featured at One Roof in the fall. The deadline for what “home” means to you is Oct. 18. For more information phone Jackie at One Roof at (218) 461-4030 or visit www.1roofhousing.org.
cutline to bead photo
Jo Wood’s Signs Of Spring
Jo Wood in her studio