Last summer Oasis Bike Workshop hosted visual artist and educator doughjoe for their summer workforce development program —engaging seven incredible young people from 37208. Though it should be celebrated for its tremendous contributions to the city of Nashville, the neighborhood is better known for having the city’s highest poverty rate as well as the highest incarceration rate in the nation.
During the 6 week program, the group trained as bike mechanics, learning first by building bikes for themselves. Next, they took their skills to build bikes for community members to use at Watkins Pump Track. After outfitting a shipping container at the site with tools and a storage system for bikes, the group took to the streets, continuing to build.
The “Golden Hex Crew” toured @fiskgalleries and several heritage sites in 37208 with doughjoe to gather inspiration for their mural at the shipping container. The project was captured in a mini-doc by LeXander Bryant and can be viewed at http://www.oasisbikeworkshop.org.
Donations to the Oasis bike building program can be made on the homepage as well. Look for more bike building and art activation from doughjoe and the Oasis Bike Workshop this summer!
In this shoot: Courtney (15) and Xavier (12) both are participants with Oasis Bike Workshop.
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