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The Pettaway Community Oral History Interviews conducted by Rockefeller Elementary 4th and 5th graders is now a part of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies AV/AR online history database (see link below). Pettaway Community Oral Historians included: Melrita Russ-Bonner, Maggie Hawkins, P.H. Gilkey, Joan Adcock, Carol Tabron, Steve Bullock and Faye Russ.
TO: PETTAWAY RESIDENTS, CIVIC GROUPS AND CHURCH GROUPS
FROM: MAGGIE HAWKINS, FACILITATOR, EAST BROADWAY ALERT CENTER
We are looking forward to the March 9th clean-up which is being sponsored by the Keep Little Rock Beautiful Committee and if it was not for your willingness to assist with this endeavor as you did in previous years this event would not be possible. We are also asking all volunteers, civic groups and church groups to meet us in front of Pettaway Park on Saturday, March 9th in order to have the annual Kick off site in our area at 8:00 a.m.. Mayor Stodola will make the presentation in order for the event to start.
This year we are going to concentrate on Pettaway Park in cleaning it along with some of our other problematic spots. If you know of an issue that we should address during the clean-up please let me know. Since we have a shortage of rakes and other tools we would appreciate it if you could bring a rake or a shovel if you have one.
Here is the plan that was discussed for improving the appearance of the park during the upcoming March 9th City Wide Cleanup
1. Rake and bag all of the leaves and debris along the perimeter fence. Parks & Recreation will bring 6 leaf rakes.
2. Cut the vegetation and overgrowth along the perimeter fence and around the trees that are in need of this. Parks & Recreation will bring 4-limb loppers.
3. Rake the debris from the rocks that surround the playground equipment. Parks & Recreation will bring 2-garden rakes.
4. Limb up around a select number of trees that have low-hanging limbs that interfere with people walking about the park. Parks & Recreation will bring 1-manual pole pruner.
5. If time permits or a number of people bring their own leaf rakes, rake and bag as much of the park grounds as possible.
A box of KP 3858 Heavy-Duty black plastic bags be brought by Parks & Recreation to use for the leaves and debris.
January 26, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Willie L. Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center, 3805 West 12th Street
(Corner of Pine and West 12th Street)
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Call To Order – Rick Daes, President
Pledge of Allegiance
Acknowledgement of Elected Officials
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. City Wide Clean Up
Suzanne Hirrel, KLR Beautiful
9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Neighborhood Leadership Training/Announcement
Dr. David Sink
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Love Your Block Update
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. NUSA Update/fundraiser
Andre’ Bernard/Victor Turner
10:00.m. – 10:15 a.m. Meadowbrook NA – HindmanPark Community Service presentation
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Neighborhood Issues and Concerns
10:30 a.m. Adjourn
On December 6, 2012 Winthrop Rockefeller Early Childhood and Elementary Magnet School 4th and 5th Graders met and interviewed present (and former) Pettaway community residents. The oral history interviews were recorded by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and is the first phase in a public art collaboration between the Pettaway Neighborhood and Rockefeller Elementary. The students at Rockefeller Elementary will be designing a community inspired mural that will depict the love, light and life of the Pettaway community. The mural will be painted on the wall of the I-30 overpass at the corner of East 17th and McAlmont Streets.
Through this wonderful sharing the students gained a better sense of community, their community. They learned that the children who lived in the community in the 1920′s, 30′s 40′s, etc. were know different than they were. They were told about the ghost of MacArthur Park, local businesses like AJ’s Snack Shop and Hawkins Dry Cleaners. They learned that Horace Mann High School (now Junior High School) was the school African Americans were able to attend. They learned that a house on East 21st Street was the oldest house in the Pettaway Community. The oral historians talked about the tornado that came through the area in the late 1990′s and how neighbors and the surrounding communities banded together to help those in need. They also shared that many of their children and grandchildren attended Rockefeller Elementary. In fact we learned that a couple of them were substitute teachers at Rockefeller.
It was a very special experience, one which the students and teachers will remember.
In January 2013 the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies will partner with the Pettaway Neighborhood Association to host a special oral history week at the Butler Center. During this week current and former residents are invited to come to the Butler Center to record their stories. Individuals will need to bring someone to interview and will have the opportunity to have their interviews recorded in the Butler Center recording studio. These interviews will then be saved in the Butler Center Arkansas history archives. Stay tuned for this event in the early part of 2013 and bring someone to interview.
Come discover the Pettaway community as Rockefeller Elementary 4th and 5th Graders interview Pettaway Community Historians (former and current residents) about growing up and living in this special Little Rock neighborhood. Pettaway Community Historians include: Carl Vault, Maggie Hawkins, Joan Adcock, Steve Bulloch, Faye Russ, Don Molden and Carol Tabron.
The Pettaway Neighborhood Association was among a number of community groups and organizations who received a $1000.00 Love Your Block City of Little Rock Neighborhood Challenge Grant. Pettaway N.A. was awarded the grant in June 2012 to create a community inspired mural depicting the love, light and life of the Pettaway Neighborhood on the wall of the I-30 overpass at East 17th Street. The children at Rockefeller Elementary School under the tutelage of Sharon Boyd-Struthers will design the mural and their parents and the adults residing in the community will paint it.
The Pettaway Community Oral History Interviews mark the first step in the mural design process. The children must understand the community in which they attend school and where many reside in order to conceptualize a design that depicts the light, life and love of this neighborhood.
To learn more about the Pettaway N.A. peruse our blog. For questions about this event call Kwadjo Boaitey at 501.786.4255 or Principal Janice Wilson or Sharon Boyd-Struthers at 501.447.6200. Visit Rockefeller Elementary on Facebook here. For a flyer of this event click here.
This very special event is FREE and open to the general public.
Modern houses are springing up in declining or damaged LR neighborhoods
By Linda Caillouet
LITTLE ROCK — When a tornado tore through downtown Little Rock in January 1999, it destroyed dozens of houses in neighborhoods already showing the scars of urban decay.
One of the hardest hit areas was the neighborhood east of South Main between the Governor’s Mansion Historic District and the MacArthur Park Historic District.
After the debris was cleaned up and dangerous structures razed, what was left was a study in extremes – with beautifully renovated grand old homes surviving near the damaged shells of abandoned houses. And then there were the vacant lots – no block seemed to have escaped the effects of the twin terrors of urban decay and Mother Nature.
Today, however, a quick tour of the area shows that things seem to be improving. Scattered throughout are new houses – some designed to blend in with the remaining historic houses, others standing out with contemporary designs and materials.
The change is due to the efforts of numerous entities and individuals. This includes private builders who recognized the value of empty and inexpensive lots in the heart of the city, the nonprofit Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corp., which worked with the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville to design and construct three houses, and, most of all, perhaps, new homeowners who were willing to buy into the future of this urban enclave.
“This neighborhood being so close to downtown is one of the reasons we’re experiencing such a strong interest in rebuilding efforts here,” says Scott Grummer, executive director of the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corp.
On a recent morning, Daniel Peurifoy of Maumelle and Jason Clem of Little Rock were atop bright yellow scaffolding, tools in hand, applying strips of siding to a house being assembled at East 19th and Cumberland streets in the Pettaway Park neighborhood. Now graduates, the pair were pitching in to help finish a project they worked on as UA architecture students. Students had designed the structure, which was mainly built in pieces in a Fayetteville warehouse.
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LOVE YOUR BLOCK MURAL CONTEST
TO ENTER: Submit a mural design that depicts the history, love and light of the Pettaway community. Mural design must also incorporate ceramic tiles/pieces (4″x4″ or smaller) designed and painted by the students at Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood Magnet School as well as the children and youth who reside in the Pettaway community.
PRIZE: The winning muralist will have the opportunity to create and develop a public art piece on the northeast wall of the I-30 overpass on East 17th and McAlmont Streets. The public art piece located only 30 yards from Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood Magnet School campus will serve as a gateway to the community welcoming visitors and residents to the Pettaway neighborhood.
DEADLINE: Submit Love Your Block Mural Contest application and mural design to the Pettaway Neighborhood Association no later than 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2012.
Download the Love Your Block Mural Contest application online application (here). Mail or walk your application and design to the Pettaway Neighborhood Association, 500 East 21st Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72206.
For more information call Kwadjo Boaitey, Pettaway N.A. Secretary at 501.786.4255, Carol Tabron, Pettaway N.A. President at 501.554.5954, Maggie Hawkins, 501.376.3406.
The Pettaway neighborhood received a $1000 award to create a community inspired mural depicting the history, love and light of the Pettaway neighborhood to be painted on the northeast wall of the I-30 overpass at East 17th and McAlmont Streets (in downtown Little Rock).
(For a flyer click here)
The mural will incorporate ceramic tiles/pieces designed by children enrolled at Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood Magnet School. Also designing ceramic tiles/pieces will be children 9ages 1 day to 18 years) residing in the Pettaway community. The mural will be completed November 30, 2012.
The Pettaway N.A. will hold a city wide contest to identify a muralist. Applications can be found on our blog or at the East Broadway Alert Center (500 East 21st Street). Deadline to submit application/mural design is September 4, 2012.
Children who reside in the Pettaway Community or who attend Rockefeller Elementary will have the opportunity to design a ceramic tile/piece that the identified muralist will incorporate in his/her mural design for the Pettaway Community. Children/Youth will be design their pieces during the month of September. Please check our blog for updates.
To learn more about this project and the Pettaway community come to the Annual Silver Senior Pettaway Community Festival, Saturday, August 25, 2012 at Pettaway Park and/or call Kwadjo Boaitey at 501.786.4255, Carol Tabron 501.554.5954, Maggie Hawkins 501.376.3406.
City of Little Rock awards Pettaway $1000.00 Love Your Block – Neighborhood Challenge Grant to install a public art piece at the I-30 Overpass and East 17th Street
Pettaway Neighborhood Association
500 East 21st Street | Little Rock | Arkansas 72206
501.376.3406 | http://www.pettawayneighborhoodassociation.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2012
Carol Tabron, President Pettaway N.A.
email@example.com | 501.682.8284
Kwadjo Boaitey, Secretary, Pettaway N.A.
firstname.lastname@example.org | 501.786.4255
Maggie Hawkins, Facilitator, East Broadway Alert Center
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City of Little Rock awards Pettaway a $1000.00 Love Your Block – Neighborhood Challenge Grant to install a public art piece at the I-30 Overpass and East 17th Street
Little Rock, AR – Downtown Little Rock’s Pettaway community was awarded a $1000 Love Your Block Challenge Grant to place a community inspired mural on the wall of the I-30 overpass at East 17th Street, located a few yards from Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood Magnet School.
The Pettaway Neighborhood Association will hold a city wide contest to identify the muralist who will design a mural depicting the history, love and light of the Pettaway community. The mural will incorporate ceramic pieces designed by children of the Pettaway community ages 1 day to 18 years old. Also designing ceramic pieces for the mural will be children enrolled at Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood Magnet School.
“I’ve hoped for 18 years for something like this to take place in our community,” says Sharon Boyd-Struthers, Artist and Teacher at Rockefeller Elementary. Ms. Boyd-Struthers will serve as a technical advisor for this community project.
Carol Tabron, Pettaway N.A. President says, “This project is special because it’s about our future and highlights the next generation, -our children.”
The project is slated for completion by November 30, 2012 and will foster a sense of community pride, beautify the block, inspire the children and their families to learn more about Pettaway as well as bring visitors to and through the community to see this great community inspired public art piece.
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