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Moving Monday: Opening Doorways to Hope in Lincoln

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”  Walt Disney (found at Brainy Quote)

Inept.  That is the most accurate word that describes how I am feeling as I am trying to present this unique art display that is currently happening in Lincoln, Nebraska.  This is not the first time that a community wide art project has taken place in our Capital City.  Yet I think that the theme and the concept this time is SO powerful that capturing the essence of what the Doorways to Hope is all about is a bit daunting.  This joint public art project between the The Lincoln-Lancaster County Habitat of Humanity and the Lincoln Hildegard Center for the Arts has artwork displayed all around town.

To my faraway reader friends, I want to convey the power of these sculptures, so that you feel like you are experiencing them in person.  For my nearby Nebraska friends, I want you to feel so inspired after learning about this display that you feel compelled to go and check all of the “Doorways to Hope” out in person.  Above all, I want you to learn more.

Doorways to Hope Logo

This is what I decided to do.  I am going to present pictures of the 5 (out of 21) doors that we have visited so far.  Once we have completed our tour, I will do an additional post featuring the pictures of ALL of the doors.  I will also prepare a document that you can click on that will explain our impressions of each of the doors. I think this will be especially great for my out-of-town readers who cannot make it to see the doors in person.

So far we have been to the four library locations and to the one at the International Quilt Study Center.  Each artist collaborated with different members of the community.  The latter one was created by Julia Noyes of the Noyes Art Gallery.  The door is entitled “The Monarch, The Metamorphosis.”The Monarch, The Metamorphosis

Eisley Library features the youngest participants in their creation, “Helping Hands.”  This is the one that featured the puzzle pieces, demonstrating that we all need to work together and fulfill our part!

Helping Hands

Using a car door as inspiration, the piece “A View from the Outside In and Inside Out” is so creative and might possibility have the most interesting story.  Linda Thomas created this with help from her son, Mark, colloborated with the St. Marks United Methodist Church Transportation for Humanity.  The symbolism and meaning of this artwork are compelling!

A View from the Inside Out and Outside In

My longtime friend, Tamara Kaye, led group of students to create the doors at the other two libraries.  She owns Art Planet in Lincoln – a wonderful place for students of all ages to learn to create.

At the downtown Bennett Martin library, the piece is entitled “To Hope.”  Behind every closed door is the word “hope” in various languages.  My daughter was really excited when she found the “English” door.  Hope just happens to be her middle name!

Doorways of Hope - To Hope (Open Doors)

Located in the middle of Lincoln, Gere Library is hosting Tamara Kaye’s other “Doorway to Hope.”  The symbolism behind “Window of Opportunity” makes this door incredibly memorable.  This is one that you need to examine with a close-up eye to catch all of the meaning that the artists are conveying.

Window of Opportunity

As you can tell, these doors inspire stories of their own.  Which door is your favorite so far?  Have you personally been to any of the “Doorways to Hope” in Lincoln yet?  You can download the map and begin your own adventure today!  If you want to know more, please read this excellent article by Erin Andersen, “Opening, Doors, Opening Hearts,” found in the Lincoln Journal Star.

 

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Lincoln’s Citywide Art Displays: Doorways of Hope

Today seems to have passed quickly by me.  Since I did spend quite a bit of time doing fun things with my children, I guess this is okay.  But now with it being past 11, sleep sounds better to me than typing away.  Yet since I do like to reveal my Wordless Wednesdays on Thursday, I decided that at least a short post is in order.

Telling about the topic at hand only briefly would be a disservice.  After all, this is one of my favorite ongoing Lincoln area adventures.  Introducing the topic is a better idea.  Without further ado, did you guess what I was featuring?  Of course you did, if you read the blog post title. 🙂

Doorways to Hope Logo

Across Lincoln for the next several months, you can see displays of community collaboration.  Art projects featuring doors that begin to tell the story of the impact that Habitat for Humanity is making in this city and beyond.  Our family’s mission is visit every single location.  I will talk about the beginning of our quest and those doors that we have seen so far in a special “Moving Monday” next week.

Why wait that long? Tomorrow I plan to feature another place that we visited just this week.  A location that indirectly affected a holiday that was observed by many today.  Official celebrations will be occurring in at least two Nebraska locations on Saturday.  Curious?  Turn in tomorrow to an informative “Flashback Friday.”  (Between now and Monday, maybe we will even manage to observe another door or two, making Monday’s column a bit longer.  See – waiting is not completely a negative thing.)

Good night, for now, from Nebraska!

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