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Unexpectedly and shockingly, artist Leslie Scott passed away in her sleep Tuesday, April 4. It was devastating to her family, and a shock to those of us working with her on her ambitious and transformative art project, Art@thePoint.
For those of you who got to know Leslie Scott through this project, you have just a small glimpse of her creativity and vision. Her death is an incalculable loss for MoRA on so many levels.
It was a chance meeting that brought Leslie to us, but perhaps it was fated. We are devastated at her passing, but can smile that we were part of her biggest community art project ever. She loved engaging with the neighborhood in tile-making workshops, and we hope her spirit can live on in her art.
But Art@the Point was just the latest of many examples when her talents made MoRA better. Her Foodie Court project put MoRA on the map when it was a national finalist in the Knight Foundation competition. Assembling the plan for that submission, she introduced our efforts to key community leaders. Through Foodie Court, she showed us the value of having a community gathering spot.
She didn’t stop there. Leslie thought of and helped organize MoRA’s first Holiday Tree lighting, teaching us how celebrations and gatherings are needed to build community. She pushed us to aspire for more, and challenged us to think bigger.
Leslie was also part of the team that branded the area now known as MoRA. As you look at the logo and its small O, we hope you see a figure that represents the people – that was her idea. Her graphics skills and sense of style made us look more polished, even in our infancy as an organization.
At heart, Leslie was a place shaper and public art was her tool. Because Art@thePoint will be a culmination of that work, we are committed to its completion. We hope to complete the Art@thePoint project in Leslie’s honor and with the support and participation of the community. Leslie’s son Eddie, who was sometimes her assistant and sometimes her partner, will be helpful in guiding us as the work goes forward on the project.
Details will be published on our Facebook page and website as they become available.
In the meantime, if you wish to honor Leslie’s memory, her family has asked that contributions be made to Art@thePoint through the donation link on the website (www.moraclt.org/art).
The Monroe Road Advocates was started to improve the Monroe Road corridor. One of our main goals was to give residents a better sense of neighborhood, and give them a reason to be proud of their community.
We began working over a year ago on an ambitious public art project that could redefine the corridor and place the neighborhood. Through public donations, private funding, and city grants, we have put together over $135,000 of the $150,000 needed for the project. We have asked the community for help with the last $20,800 and have received 47 donations!
Wanda Smith & Associates Realtors’ generous contribution pushed us over the $5,000 mark! We are a quarter of the way to our $20,800 goal. But we need YOU to help get us all the way there. Donations of any amount are appreciated. Thanks to the community for believing in this southeast Charlotte neighborhood and the future of our area.
Please donate here, or sign up to make the decorative tiles that will adorn this future landmark. Every donation and volunteer hour gets us one step closer a better, closer neighborhood.
Groundbreaking on Monroe Road’s iconic public art project Art@thePoint
We’re excited to announce a successful groundbreaking on the $150,000 community art project Art@thePoint, a collaborative sculpture that will define southeast Charlotte. “The sculpture will be an icon for our area, a source of community pride and a symbol of change and creativity,” said community artist and creator of the project Leslie Scott. The 16’ tall sculpture will be a landmark between East Mecklenburg High School, the Independence Library, and Meridian Place.
The excitement was overflowing at the corner of Conference Drive and Monroe Road during the groundbreaking last week, with members and reps from city council, legislators, Arts & Science Council, Hendrick Automotive Group, Charlotte Neighborhood & Business Service, Goode Properties, East Meck High School, McClintock Middle School, and Independence Library in attendance.
The sculpture is over 80% funded, and MoRA is asking for your tax-deductible donations to help the neighborhood realize this dream. Collaborative class sessions are planned for children and members of the community to design decorative tile that will adorn the structure. Even a small donation of time or money can help you support the change in your neighborhood.
Please visit MoRA Art for more information on how you can be a part of Art@thePoint.