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A San Francisco-based artist who uses public art to bring people in a community together is scheduled to launch a project in Macon next month.

Hunter Franks' visit is funded by a grant of more than $55,000 from the Knight Foundation.

It's part of a four-city "Creative Interventions Tour," aimed at promoting "playful, spontaneous interactions among people," according to a Knight Foundation release.

According to foundation spokeswoman Anusha Alikhan, Franks is scheduled to start work in Macon March 10. She said he will meet with Macon community groups to customize his project to the city.

She writes, "For example, one activity, Vacant Love, will mobilize people to write love letters to their neighborhood; the letters will then be posted on a vacant building and a fundraising event will be held to help restore the building. Another activity, the Free Portrait Project, will provide locals with a personal Polaroid portrait in exchange for a story about their first love. A copy of their portrait will then be displayed in a public space along with the story for passersby to peruse, ultimately creating connections between neighbors."

Franks will document his results and help create a local organization that will sustain his project, according to the Knight Foundation.

He is also scheduled to visit Akron, Detroit and Philadelphia.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundationsupports community development in cities formerly served by Knight-family owned newspapers, including Macon.


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