There is a man visiting Macon for the next three weeks who has one of the most unusual job titles on earth.
Hunter Franks is a creative interventionist.
The base idea is using creativity and art in public space to get people talking that wouldnt normally talk, the San Francisco-based artist said.
Franks kicks off his Macon residency Thursday at the 567 Center for Renewal on Cherry Street. Hell be collecting love notes to Macon at the weekly noontime Lunch Beat Macon series.
Franks is looking for handwritten notes identifying the challenges, but celebrating the possibility for positive change as well, he said.
After that, Well be taking all of those love notes and posting them up on a vacant building in downtown Macon.
Saturday, Franks will go out with the Macon Roving Listeners, a project based at Centenary United Methodist Church.
Well being going into folks houses and collecting their favorite homemade recipes and creating a community cookbook, he said.
Franks believes food can be a unifying force between disparate communities. His Macon residency will culminate in a potluck meal at the end of the month.
Also on Franks schedule is launching a version of the Neighborhood Postcard Project in Macon, something hes done in San Francisco and other cities around the world.
The idea is to collect personal, positive stories from neighborhoods and then mail those postcards out to random people around the city in different neighborhoods, he said.
So, somebodys getting a surprise piece of mail with a personal, positive story of a neighborhood theyve maybe only heard or seen a negative side of on the news before.
After being in Macon for a few days, Franks is impressed with what hes seen. Theres amazing architecture, amazing weather, he said.
Theres also a lot of challenges that Macon faces, and Ive gotten to see a lot of that as well. Im hoping to address a lot of that in my time here.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation commissioned Franks to work in four of the cities around the country on which the foundation focuses.
Franks also plans to leave something lasting in Macon. Hell establish a permanent chapter of his League of Creative Interventionists, with a meet-up for prospective participants Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Macon Arts Alliance, 486 First St.