Creative Placemaking

UPDATE: Artist Jama Mohammed has released an open call for participation in his 5 Shot Shorts project. Read more below!

Three Nashville artists have been selected to join the South Corridor Transportation Study team to develop creative projects that engage people in discussions about mobility and the future of their communities.

Aaron Hoke Doegnes focuses on sound-art and music composition, and his recent work has focused on data-driven digital art installations. For these projects, he translates data into music, sound, and visuals that illuminate the stories told by data. His most recent project, "The Migratory Patterns of People," utilized live data from WeGo Transit’s bus system, translating the locations of their buses into music. Another project, "Wade [Music for River and People]," used both data translation and interactivity to raise awareness of the importance of river health. He currently holds an artist residency with Metro Public Health.

Doegnes’ project, Get Back to Your [Life], helps identify the challenges of maneuvering throughout the South Corridor while prompting a collective imagination of a better transportation future. The work asks user to take a short survey that gathers information about travel challenges, habits, and transit preferences along the South Corridor. Answers to survey questions are incorporated into the piece when they are submitted allowing participants to share their mobility challenges and visions with transit analysts, other participants and everyone viewing the piece.   Take part in the project.

Follow the project on Instagram: @aaronhokedoenges

Kristen Chapman Gibbons launched her artistic practice after careers in counseling, education, and communications, Her work encourages efficacy in individuals and in communities, through creative expression and problem solving. Her projects often focus on elevating story sharing, storytelling and listening. Previous creative placemaking projects include an interview project, part of Envision Nolensville Pike, in which she documented South Nashvillians’ mobility experiences, and “My Transit Story,” which documented the stories of WeGo bus riders.

For her project, The Heart of Columbia, Gibbons asked residents of Maury County to highlight the places that are most meaningful to them by writing on colorful paper hearts. She will use these hearts to create a “heat” map of the best-loved places in Columbia, encouraging us to think about the connections that keep a community together, and how better transit options can strengthen connections within Columbia and beyond to other communities along the South Corridor.

Kristen will be bringing her work for an artist talk and showing to Muletown Coffee, 23 Public Square, Columbia, on Thursday November 14th from 7-8 pm.

Come join Kristen and the South Corridor team to see her work and pick up a treat at the coffee shop. Thanks to Muletown Coffee for hosting this event.

Follow the project on Instagram and Twitter: @kcgibbons
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Jama Mohamed is a digital filmmaker whose artistic practice "leans into the democratization of art by helping people share their stories." His "5 shot shorts" project enables people to depict their own experiences by creating short cell phone videos. He is also a disability advocate, working as Youth Program Coordinator at Family Voices of Tennessee and serving as a board member of Empower Tennessee and of United Cerebral Palsy.

Mohammed’s project, South Corridor TV Tour, is a series of short videos that highlight the ordinary journeys of people who can’t get around by driving themselves. Artist Jama Mohammed is collecting videos from people and will exhibit them on a bank of old tube televisions, prompting us to wonder if cars single-occupant cars will one day be as obsolete as this old television technology.

You can now sign up to participate in his project by visiting 
Follow on Instagram: @yung__tv

The artists will be developing their projects in the fall, for presentation during an upcoming round of public meetings. They are working under the guidance of public art consultant Todd Bressi, GNRC consultant Rochelle Carpenter, and Emery Hartz, Senior Planner with WSP, which is leading the South Corridor Transportation Study.

Left to Right: Jama  Mohamed, Aaron Hoke Doenges, Kristen Chapman Gibbons

Left to Right: Jama Mohamed, Aaron Hoke Doenges, Kristen Chapman Gibbons
Photo: Emery Hartz