First meeting at 1 p.m. March 11 at 3 Jerome Smith Road
PROVINCETOWN — The "Democracy of the Land: reflections on nature and civic society" art installation will be held April 3-12 at the former Veterans of Foreign Wars building at 3 Jerome Smith Road, organizer Jay Critchley has announced. All community members are invited to participate in the installation before demolition. The first organizational meeting will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 11 at the town-owned property.
On Feb. 24, the Provincetown Select Board approved the proposal from the Provincetown Community Compact, of which Critchley is president, to create the community art installation at the former Lewis A. Young Post No. 3152. The ten-day event will be a community send off, creating an immersive, meditative and expansive experience that reflects on changing times, changing climate, impermanence and Provincetown’s cultural legacy, according to Critchley and the compact's announcement.
Community residents will be asked to bring personal artifacts and art to the building to be installed throughout the expansive space. The interior will be darkened and visitors will be equipped with solar lights to explore the two floors of the building. On the last day of the installation, the solar lights will be distributed to the community.
The Lewis A. Young Post No. 3152 was built in 1959 and has been an important space for the men and women of the town who served in the military, and for community gatherings, weddings and parties. With its expected demolition for town projects, it is time to honor its significance in an ever-changing community and world, Critchley said in the announcement.
The veterans sold the building to the town in 2013, and members now meet once a month at the town's Veterans Memorial Community Center.