In memory of artist Leslie Scott

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).