Poetry readings, music and barbecues are part of the components Hope McMath wants to use to entice the community to the “Yellow House” to enjoy do-it-yourself art supplies under a big oak tree. Located in Riverside, the long time former director of the Cummer Museum has literally opened a Yellow House on a mission of connecting art and community to build understanding, inspire empathy and spark civic engagement.
Over three days, more than 700 people attended opening events for the house located at 577 King Street that unveiled the inaugural exhibition entitled “Small Matters”. The first exhibition emphasizes the power of saying a lot with less. Twenty of Jacksonville’s region’s most talented artists delivered messages of big social importance through small works. Those who attended the opening week experienced live music in the galleries and on the front lawn of Yellow House, viewed dozens of works of art, met the artists, ate popsicles and connected with one another.
McMath lights up when she starts talking about Yellow House. “The goal is to create a space where art is at the ground level of doing real community building and creating a social impact. Yellow house will build bridges in a safe, inspiring and brave space,” she said. Yellow House will be open every Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm and second Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.