What does community mean to you? Describe and name a facility serving some aspect of “community” (building, park, gazebo, garden,?). Where is it? Who does it serve? What is the purpose, the audience or people it serves, its capacity, its scope? You need to be able to discuss and connect some artistic elements of the “facility” in your description.
Understanding the Meaning of Community
A community is a group of individuals residing in the same area or having a distinct feature in common. Communities might share a sense of accommodation in a given geographical location or virtual space through communication platforms. In art, a community refers to art-based practices generated in a community setting. This paper discusses Martin Luther King Jr. memorial park as a facility serving some aspect of a community. The Martin Luther King Jr. memorial park is found in West Potomac Park near the National Mall in Washington, D.C., United States. The MLK Park is designed to serve Americans and tourists interested in learning more about the civil rights leader (Hagopian, 2020). The park sits on four acres and incorporates the “Stone of Hope,” a granite sculpture of Civil Rights Movement leader Martin Luther King Jr.
The MLK memorial park is the 4th in Washington, DC, honoring a non-president and the first to honor a man of color. The park is designed as a permanent tribute to Martin Luther’s legacy and will continue to serve as a monument to the liberty, opportunity, and equity he advocated (Hagopian, 2020). Dr. King’s sculpture is designed using white granite standing at 30ft, designed by Lei Yixin. The Martin Luther King memorial includes a statue shaped in the image of Dr. King. The sculpture is designed in a manner that Dr. King portrays confidence in the fight for freedom, justice, and equality. According to Hagopian (2020), Martin Luther King Jr.’s sculpture located at the center of the park is designed with white granite to symbolize equality and power between people of color and whites.
Hagopian, P. (2020). The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Politics of Post-Racialism. History and Memory, 32(2), 36-776. https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/histmemo.32.2.03#metadata_info_tab_contents