HANG12 Encourages Creative Exchange with New ArtBox

Pieces of steel clamped together on a table.
The ArtBox during fabrication.

Students participating in the HANG12 program have designed a new way for creative spirits to stay connected while keeping a healthy distance. Similar to Lawrence’s Little Free Libraries, HANG12 has created ArtBox, which will provide the community with a designated place for sharing pieces of art.

Open to all ages, the ArtBox will be located at 901 Pennsylvania Street. Users can take a piece of art and/or leave a piece of art in an open and free exchange. ArtBox will officially open for this month’s Final Friday on June 26. With an abundance of caution during the pandemic, HANG12 has decided that rather than a traditional opening party, they will utilize social media for a virtual gathering at the ArtBox.

Whether dropping something off or picking something up, HANG12 invites anyone enjoying the ArtBox to use #h12artbox on all social media posts. Contributors can post images of their projects, supplies and creative process. Visitors to the box can post images of dropping pieces off or picking things up. Searching the hashtag will enable the community to see exactly what’s happening at the ArtBox!

A sign that reads Art Emergency Open.
Art Emergency Sign

In an effort to include anyone interested in the project, HANG12 will be providing access to supplies for those in need under the Art Emergency sign at 721 E. 9th Street. Art supply bags will be available from noon to 5 p.m., Friday, June 26 through Monday, June 29. Distribution will be limited to one bag per person.

HANG12 is a curatorial board of high school students in Lawrence who create monthly gallery shows for Final Friday exhibitions. The HANG12 program provides opportunities for students to both express their creativity and learn entrepreneurial skills, such as budgeting, marketing, grant writing, web development, applied mathematics, curation and public relations.