Arch Alley is in the conceptual stage but is the north alley of the downtown square. The Tower View Team was instrumental in making Sally’s Alley as another beautiful space for people to enjoy. The idea of Arch Alley came to the group after the 2017 Downtown Revitalization efforts of the facades. The many arches over the windows and in the facades themselves became more evident. In a nod to this unique structure, the new alley project will have 3 arches created by the community.
Artist and Jefferson alumni David Williamson has facilitated community art projects throughout his life and was asked to take the lead in this project. He has been working with the Tower View Team to discuss their ideas for the arches in the alley. Through their time in the winter of 2018, a poem was created to describe how they want the alley to be for the community. The Tower View Team also experienced David’s portable foundry where images were cast to be placed on an arch.
Plans for Arch Alley will continue through the next year. David has worked with students at Paton-Churdan in the spring of 2018 and will work with Greene County students in the fall of 2018. Their ideas will be incorporated into another arch. A third arch will be created by members of the community who would like to participate. During the Bell Tower Festival, 2018, David will bring his portable foundry to the alley for people to experience how the metal is cast into forms.
Funds have been donated for this project by Home State Bank, Jefferson Matters: Main Street, Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation and by fundraising efforts. Buttons proclaiming “I’m a Part of the Arch” will be sold for $20 as the 100 limited edition buttons are available. The Class of 1968 is also expressing interest in being involved in the project.
A Party in Arch Alley was held on June 1, 2018 with over 100 people attending to visit with David Williamson about the project. We welcome questions and participation in this endeavor for another beautiful alley space in downtown Jefferson. Feel free to contact Deb McGinn firstname.lastname@example.org or Peg Raney at email@example.com for more information.
For updated pictures on the progress – see this photo gallery: Image Gallery
The poem created by the Tower View Team for Arch Alley