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Introducing the Public Arts in Public/Affordable Housing (PAPAH) initiative

Introducing the Public Arts in Public/Affordable Housing (PAPAH) initiative

Sculptures popping up... murals brightening the neighborhood... more art classes planned.
So, what's happening?

Welcome to the PAPAH community initiative! 

Download the exhibit booklet about PAPAH which gives a detailed look at the artists included in the upcoming 'Unity in Community' Exhibit!

Presenting the Public Arts in Public/Affordable Housing,(PAPAH) Initiative. It’s a commitment from Midtown Villages and community partner VISION 2030 Public Arts and others to bring the visual arts to some of Gainesville’s lower-income area with many opportunities: more art classes, public art, exhibitions. 

The opening theme:
Unity in Community
 the rich palette of colors that is us

The goal is to create multiple opportunites for residents to learn and mingle with local artists, arts teachers and arts supporters; to take field trips to art museums and centers; to give student’s opportunity to exhibit their work and to explore the possibilities for higher education and careers through the exchange of ideas.


The headquarters of PAPAH will be the new Melrose Community Center at 854 Davis Street.

This center will soon be a beehive of creatiity, with art classes, exhibitions and other creative engagement, as soon as health concerns are much improved.

The PAPAH initiative is presented by partners such as The University of North Georgia Department of Visual Arts, The Quin lan Visual Arts Center, Collaborative Housing Solutions, The North Georgia Community Foundation/Marta Chapman Memorial Foundation and the Gainesville Housing Authority. Together, we are committed to bringing a ‘culture of creativity’ to public and affordable housing areas to encourage residents to envision, plan and build better lives. 

PAPAH strategy for the long haul


We will continue the mural work along ‘the great wall’ on Pearl Nix Parkway. With there 50-plus-footers completed, there is room for a dozen more. The interaction between young artists and community artists, teachers and friends has already resulted in encouragement for college admissions!


We are completing the brand new Melrose community center, with its own collection of artwork and several large sculptures on the Melrose campus. Four additional sculptures – to be loaned from the University of North Geogia’s Sculpture Department’s Sculpture Majors), and possible including satellite exhibits and/or classes or memberships from the Quinlan Visual Arts Center. The Marta Chapman Memorial Foundation will help by funding stipends for local art instructors to teach free classes at the center.

We will implement a STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) approach, with a focus on solutions-based, critical thinking and creative ways to communicate, learn and explore using the visual arts as a proven platform. 
Midtown Villages at Melrose (formerly Melrose Apartments) is an upscale, revitalized six-campus property with 200 public housing and affordable apartments, created in partnership by Collaborative Housing Solutions and the Gainesville Housing Authority.

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