Golden Blocks Project Artists Selected

Golden Blocks Project Artists Selected

December 18, 2018- Four (4) local artists selected for Golden Blocks Project, a public art collaboration by Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, City of Augusta, GA, and Greater Augusta Arts Council

Four (4) regional artists have been selected for Golden Blocks Project Grants, which will bring public art and creative place-making to the Laney-Walker Historic District and Bethlehem District neighborhoods. The project is a collaborative effort to pay homage to the communities’ history, character, and future by several city organizations, in conjunction with the selected artists who will work with the Laney-Walker and Bethlehem communities to bring their creative vision to spaces in the area. The selected artists represent a variety of mediums, including visual and performing arts.

2019 Golden Blocks Project Artists

Sala Adenike Allen, Visual artist

Sara Cooks, Visual Artist, ASL interpreter

Ashley Gray, Ceramic Artist

Kristie Johnson, Poet


Each artist will receive $2,000 to conceptualize and complete their project in 2019. Ashley Gray, a ceramic sculptor based in Aiken, South Carolina with experience in public and community artworks says, “I am very excited and honored to be a part of the Golden Blocks Project. The history of the area is rich and interesting; and, I am looking forward to helping share the stories held within the  Lucy C. Laney Museum with a larger audience.”

Educator Sara Cooks will use her expertise with American Sign Language interpretation for her project. “Whenever I hear the history involving the Lucy Craft Laney Museum, I learn something new!” She said, “It was so exciting to hear about the Golden Blocks History Project and I am honored to work with the other artists to bring it back to life for our community with Sign Language.”

The artists were chosen by representatives of the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, a local historian representing Paine College, and staff and board members of the Greater Augusta Arts Council. The call for artists was released in October 2018 and asked for artists with an interest in the crossroads of art, history, and social change to submit their concepts that brought the knowledge housed both within the walls of the museum and historical sites of the neighborhoods into the public sphere.

For any questions regarding the project, contact Project Manager Pax Bobrow at [email protected].



Greater Augusta Arts Council :: PO Box 1776 :: Augusta, GA 30903

The mission of the Greater Augusta Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life for citizens and visitors of Augusta and the CSRA by advancing a vibrant cultural arts agenda.