The StoryLine Project is a unique public art project for Charlottesville Parks and Recreation’s Summer Camp. The StoryLine Project connects local artists and designers with youth (grades 4-6) to explore and interpret the places where they live. Each year, the project centers on a walking expedition of the neighborhoods and environs of Charlottesville, during which participants learn to use close observation and creative expression as a means of understanding the spaces, places, and stories that enrich them. Throughout the StoryLine walks, teams of young people and mentors will gather information and ideas about their neighborhoods through personal interviews, poetry, sketching, photography, journaling and more. The project culminates with a collaborative mural on the Community Chalkboard and an exhibit at CitySpace Gallery with photos, video, and artwork from the project.

This year’s theme was “Transit,” utilizing rivers, bikes, and buses. Piedmont Council for the Arts is proud to present an exhibit of photographs, original artwork, and audio recordings from the 2013 Storyline Project. A First Fridays opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, August 2 from 5:30-7:00pm at CitySpace (located at 100 Fifth Street NE on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, VA). The reception is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. The exhibit will remain on display through August 30. CitySpace is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.