Matt Smith is traveling the United States once again... he is doing a community art project to raise awareness about Alzheimers Disease and to preserve stories and memories for future generations. Join us to hear about his adventures AND share YOUR story!!!
FREE and open to the public!!!
AVA Gillette's Community Art Center
509 West 2nd Street
"We are building an archive of American history that preserves photographs and hand-written memories on postcards. To do so we drive all over America passing out old-fashioned postcards to strangers in public spaces, and also coordinate art and music programs with seniors (including those with Alzheimer’s/dementia), students, and artists.
How it works is you write a “story you don’t want to be forgotten” on a big postcard, and affix a photo on the other side. Instead of signing your name, however, you trace your unique handprint onto the postcard and mail it (the old fashioned way, yes!). All the postcards are individually catalogued and archived in The William B. McNamee Wisdom Library in Philadelphia. Someday, a future reader will visit our archive (or read one of our anthologies) and find the anonymous handprint that matches their own…and know yours is the story they were meant to find.
So it’s a new way of connecting strangers and generations, preserving our cultural history, and raising awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease.
Where Does the Project Get Its Name?
The project takes its name from “The Spaces Between Your Fingers”, a parable about seeing the magic or “tiny miracles” in our everyday lives, and the importance of sharing wisdom between generations."