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VALA Eastside and city launch 'Voices in the Corridor' public arts project

Flora Ramirez Bustamante places houses around Redmond. - Courtesy Photo
Flora Ramirez Bustamante places houses around Redmond.
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VALA Eastside has opened "Voices in the Corridor," a multimedia public arts project a public art project in Redmond, and its working studio space located next door to Z Gallerie in Redmond Town Center.

The project is produced by VALA and partially funded by the City of Redmond Arts and Culture Commission with the donation of space by Redmond Town Center.

"VALA is very excited to partner with the City of Redmond in producing 'Voices in the Corridor' as part of the city's 2014 arts season," said VALA co-founder and Executive Director Jessica Lambert. "As part of the project we are asking, 'what artwork would you like to see in your community?' It's a way to empower Redmond's residents and have them decide for themselves what the city's future will look like on an aesthetic level."

"Voices in the Corridor" is directed by artists Jacqui Calladine and Lambert, who are creating artwork, along with invited visual artists Anna Macrae and Flora Ramirez Bustamante, with poetry written by Kelly Davio and Jeannine Hall Gailey.

VALA invites the public to interact with the project and all the artists' work either at the working studio space or through the artwork that is being placed in the community, created by Macrae and Bustamante. Macrae and Bustamante are producing art in response to video interviews and data collected from Redmond residents. The 40 tiny houses (above) they created will be placed throughout the streets of Redmond this week, asking residents to engage by looking inside the houses, noting ideas and thoughts about Redmond, its culture and to tell what they'd like to see in their community.

"Voices in the Corridor" will be in full swing through the end of September.

For more information visit www.valaeastside.org/venues/voicesofthecorridor and www.redmond.gov/arts.

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