Visiting artists begin new public art works next week as part of South Elm Projects artscaping series

"(Greensboro, NC) - Elsewhere--a living museum set within a former thrift store--is pleased to welcome the next visiting artists commissioned for South Elm Projects, Carmen Papalia and the MILAGROS collective. As part of South Elm Projects, both Carmen and MILAGROS will be in-residence from May 13 through June 10 at Elsewhere to work with members of the community and Elsewhere curators to create their projects. Once onsite, the artists will research the sites and propose public art projects to be realized throughout the South Elm neighborhood. Elsewhere will host a series of events, tours, and dinners with the artists, neighborhood partners, and the public throughout the duration of the residencies.

Based out of New Orleans and Miami, the MILAGROS collective is led by Felici Asteinza and Joey Fillastre. They create vibrant abstract murals in collaboration with communities to transform architectural facades and infuse urban environments with new energy and vitality. MILAGROS’s playful style is based in a love for the transformative potential of decorative patterns and color. Their previous mural commissions can be found throughout Florida, New York, and Arizona. The public is invited to an Artist Talk with MILAGROS on Thursday, May 21 at 8:30pm. The event is free and open to all. Images from their past work can be found at,

Carmen Papalia designs tours and experiences that invite participants to expand their sense of perceptual mobility and claim access to public and institutional spaces. Papalia’s work makes visible the opportunities for learning and knowing that come available through the nonvisual senses. This work is rooted in his own experiences with visual impairment and access to public space. On Thursday, May 28 at 7pm, the public is invited to "Taste and Texture", a special meal designed by Papalia and Elsewhere’s Housepitality Curator, Emily Ensminger, that emphasizes the relationship between taste and texture. An Artist Talk with Carmen will follow at 8:30pm. Dinner is $10-$20 sliding scale and $5 for Elsewhere Members. Seating for dinner is limited, please RSVP to by Monday, May 25.

Funded by ArtPlace America, South Elm Projects brings 15 national artists and collectives together with neighbors to create public artworks that further civic engagement, public commons and urban wilds in advance of and with development. Artists will be onsite and working in the community from April through November to realize their projects. For more about South Elm Projects please visit,

About Elsewhere
Elsewhere is a non-profit living museum and artist residency program set with a three-story former thrift store. Since 2003, Elsewhere has been transforming its former store and its vast material collection into a living museum that serves as a hub for local and global collaborations.

Elsewhere is funded in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, ArtPlace America, The Kresge Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The North Carolina Arts Council, ArtsGreensboro, Tannenbaum Sternberger Foundation, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, The Fund for Democratic Communities, The Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Guilford Green Foundation, The Harpo Foundation, The Gallucci Creative Fund, Lincoln Financial Foundation, Art Matters & friends like you."

- A Press Release

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