Our Top 100 is a participatory project in which community members share a song and a memory associated with that song in written form. Each song is added to a community specific playlist that is played on a loop for all to hear at each location and online through Spotify. Our Top 100: Taos will feature songs collected in Taos, NM during PASEO 2019. Throughout the duration of the festival, people can visit the listening lounge to contribute songs and their related memories as well as listen to the songs that were added by others. This interactive and engaging project invites participation from people of all ages and backgrounds.
In past iterations of Our Top 100, people have shared stories of love, loss, travels, sadness, celebrations and more. Our Top 100 has been included in public festivals such as Art in Odd Places in Orlando, FL and the National Folk Festival in Greensboro, NC. Other installations of the project have occurred in North Carolina in Winston-Salem, Boone and Raleigh.
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About the artist: Jody Servon creates collaborative and socially engaged projects that encourage public interaction and personal exploration. Her projects have been included museum and gallery exhibitions, screenings, and as public projects in the U.S., Canada, and China. Reviews and articles of her projects have been published in The New York Times, The Miami Herald, Arizona Daily Star, Los Angeles Times and Time magazine’s Money.com. Servon’s writing and art has been featured in New American Paintings, Emergency Index, Kakalak, and Artful Dodge. Her collaborative project with Lorene Delany-Ullman has been published in AGNI, Tupelo Quarterly, and Lunch Ticket and more.
Servon has served on numerous boards including: Elsewhere Museum, North Carolina Museums Council, and the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. Servon received a MFA in New Genre from The University of Arizona and a BFA in Visual Art from Rutgers University. She is a professor in the Department of Art and the Sharpe Chair of Fine and Applied Art at Appalachian State University. Servon lives in western North Carolina with her family.