OK, next up on the take-home-use-as-your-own-idea parade of wonders:
You can do this anywhere you’ve got a drop-ceiling. All the materials that you’ll really need to create this space are some string, paper, artistic supplies (pens, markers, pastels, paints, etc), and a mad pile of bulldog clips (the metal grabby kind of paper holder).
Clip a string to the ceiling grid that reaches to about 2ft. from the floor. Put a clip at the bottom of the string and then space clips about 10″ apart going up the string. Repeat this process with additional strings, clipped to your ceiling about 10-12″ apart.
Participants will create prayers, drawings, poems, and other items of their own inspiration to attach to the clips. As the clips begin to fill a wall will seem to appear, formed from the completed contributions of the youth.
Use some creativity with the shape of the space you create; for long-term installations, you may choose to simply line the existing walls of a room. For a few days or weeks you may see fit to build an enclosed space, or even a labyrinth of hanging hallways for a weekend event.
For Youth 2011, we built a simple “room” within the larger room and placed a lamp at the center to draw attention to the baskets of supplies on the floor.
Have fun. Experiment. And above all else, take the credit. You’re a genius. You’d have thought of it eventually.