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.
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.
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.
Pettaway Neighborhood Association
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July 9, 2012
Carol Tabron, President Pettaway N.A.
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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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Pettaway Neighborhood residents met at the monthly association meeting to discuss among other things the dilapidated and unkempt Job Corps Building.
“Enough is enough,” Planning Commissioner Keith Fountain and other residents of the Pettaway Neighborhood Association say: It’s time for the city to condemn the vacant and derelict Job Corps building at 21st and Vance and bulldoze it.
Fountain has witnessed thefts from the building with his own eyes. Windows have been knocked out and partially boarded up, and transients have lived in the building and set fires, Fountain said.
City Director Erma Hendrix raised the Job Corps issue at the Pettaway’s monthly meeting tonight at the 21st Alert Center, and several residents spoke in favor of tearing down the building. (One Central High school student, Arkiterea Harmon, suggested the building be rehabilitated for kids who have aged out of the foster care system, but, Hendrix told her, the asbestos and bad condition of the city would prevent that.) A refrain was that the eyesore, visible from Interstate 30 and 630, puts Little Rock in a bad light and expressed doubt that such a building would be allowed to stand in a more affluent neighborhood.
Pettaway residents will be circulating petitions to collect signatures from residents of Pettaway and neighboring communities such as Hanger Hill and Granite Mountain who are also dismayed by the long-standing condition of the Job Corps building. This community coalition will present the petition with collected signatures to the next City of Little Rock Board of Directors Meeting February 1, 2012.
Petitions will be available at the East Broadway Alert Center, 500 East 21st. Street on Wednesday, January 25, 2012.
For more information contact Carol Tabron, Pettaway Association President at firstname.lastname@example.org and Maggie Hawkins, East Broadway Alert Center Facilitator at email@example.com or call 501.376.3406.
Steve Luoni, Director of the Community
Design Center at University of Arkansas – Fayetteville and Scott Grummer, Director of the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation met on September 9, 2011 at the Village Commons with Pettaway neighborhood residents to begin discussing the Pettaway Neighborhood Master Plan.
UACDC and DLRCDC were awarded a $30,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant to prepare a revitalization plan for the historic 60-block Pettaway Neighborhood, one of several distinct turn of the century urban neighborhoods surrounding the Little Rock central business district. The goal is to prepare a revitalization plan that coordinates new development investments compatible with the urban historic fabric.
In the spirit of the Obama administration’s livable comunities initiative, the plan will combine urban redevelopment with affordable housing and public transit planning. The revitalization plan will use townscaping principles with public art to link existing and new neighborhood fabrics that create imagable places within the Pettaway neighborhood. There are four additional key organizations committed to this project: (1) Downtown Little Rock Partnership, (2) Downtown Neighborhood Association, (3) South Main Neighborhood Association, (4) Metroplan.
The effort will consist of three activities. First, an inventory of the neighborhood’s cultural assets will be mapped and communicated in descriptive analytic drawings. Second, a neighborhood charrette will be held to explore planning approaches in concert with local interests. Third, a revitalization plan with attendant renderings and place based planning vocabulary will be prepared. The planning objective is to develop model infill vocabularies that integrate contemporary innovations in infrastructural design (e.g., “green” and shared streets, transit oriented development, urban agriculture, low impact development, live work housing configurations, etc.) with historic building fabrics. The goal is to prepare a revitalization plan that coordinates new development investments compatible with the urban historic fabric.
Time Frame: July 2011 – June 2012: Inventory and mapping of the neighborhood will occur in fall 2011 with architecture students enrolled at UACDC followed by a public charrette. Preparation of the revitalization plan will occur during fall and spring semesters with architecture students and be presented to residents in April 2012.
Steve Luoni/UACDC developed the McArthur Park Master Plan. To learn more about the Pettaway Revitalization Plan contact Scott Grummer, DLRCDC (501.372.0148), Carol Tabron, Pettaway Neighborhood Association (501.376.3406), Steve Luoni, UACDC (479.575.5108)
The Pettaway Neighborhood Association is now online. Here we hope to keep our community informed by posting summaries of our monthly neighborhood association meetings (which by the way are held at 6:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month in the East Broadway Neighborhood Alert Center on the corner of Commerce and 21st. Streets in downtown Little Rock), neighborhood events, and more.
The president of the Pettaway Neighborhood Association is Carol Tabron and our Neighborhood Alert Center Facilitator is Maggie Hawkins (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The tried and true saying that can never be worn “It takes a village to raise a child…a community….” is something we believe in and hope that you do too. Come to the Neighborhood Association Meetings, frequent our new site and be involved in making your community the very best place to live.