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A blnka story..

 Colors, here, orchestrate the most vibrant sunsets across the Panhandle of Texas. Distinct seasons, flat terrain, and tumbleweeds cultivate the fully immersive West Texas experience. People paint, sculpt, sing, write, and compose the city's identity, their craft and passion; masterfully formulating the single spark that ignites a wild spread of ideas and growth across the community. Lubbock, Texas is known as the Hub City--connecting major cities from around the South Plains through networks of education, health care, economics, and shipping.

 A once prosperous and vibrant downtown has become a largely abandoned and neglected area. We hope to inspire more entrepreneurs, scholars, developers, investors, and friends alike to continue to make a difference together, sparking ideas for the future of our Downtown Lubbock community.

 

-BLNKA  /BLAHN-KUH/

 

All photography provided by blnka artists and blnka contributors.

 
 

              {left}  Erica Abesamis | Jonathan Bergen | Dave Clayton | Gina Astuto        

Lubbock is dope

 This town has a notion of being boring, dry, and dull. When in reality the experience here, is quite unique and holistic. There's a constant flow of emerging individuals with creativity and talents fueling the growth of the "arts" across the Panhandle of Texas.  People from the surrounding towns, cities and states naturally gravitate towards this "hub" in West Texas for commerce, agriculture, and education; generating diversity and progression. 

Our friends, colleagues and professors have inspired us to empower one-another and celebrate each other's work. Paintings, sculptures, photography, diagrams, renderings, and drawings are all collections of  powerful and meaningful visuals and stories that evoke an experience unique to each individual. The space becomes activated, emotions are triggered and people connect through the power of the arts.  

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We had the great fortune of collaborating with Ulabs, which is a community workspace designed to grow ideas and visions. Go check them out at ulabstx.org! Together, we renovated the entire West wing of the Ulabs building, transforming an old storage space into a gallery. After gutting out most of the building, patching and painting walls, installing lighting systems and refurbishing or building enough furniture and displays to set the stage for a gallery, the incredible response from Lubbock artists filled up the gallery over night. The art carefully installed, live music began as the doors opened to a community and brought an exhibition to life.

 On the evening of November 06, 2015 Our friends, families, artists, musicians, and supporters celebrated a night of talented individuals from around LBK.

 

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People often think of alleys simply as dark narrow places between buildings, where eerie and isolated experiences occur.
 
 
 
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Spring 2016

We set our eyes on two intersecting alleys located downtown between Avenues J & K and began researching and documenting the site, throughout the semester. After receiving the city's approval for an event we began seeking out artists, musicians, food trucks, and sponsors to help bring these alleys to life. We thank Sigma Omicron Chi at Texas Tech University, as they were big contributors in the clearing of the alleys. After all the help from friends and supporters, we were finally ready for an event that we called Project Alley. On the morning of the event, April 1st, a rogue storm brought inches of rain, strong winds funneling through the alleyways, and even snow fall. Our team and artists where out there removing standing water to get the alleyways back in their former red glory. Miraculously, the final rain clouds would begin to part just in time for the event.

 

Lubbock has so much potential! Please help us to continue the conversation about downtown revitalization.

Together we will continue to make a difference.