Hi-lo Place: Work together to create something amazing

Steve: As you know, more than 30 years ago, October became home to National Arts Week, and that was great, what with the Arts and whatnot.

But then, the people said, “Why can’t we Arts all month?” and said it in one of those high-pitch English accents because they thought it would sound more Arts, prompting the government to answer, “Jolly good, Arts, you shall have all the month long” because the government was equally self-conscious and therefore, in 1993, October became National Arts Month.

True story.

Because of that, because October is National Arts Month—it really is, we’re not making this up—we made this digital drawing doohickey that allows you to, uh, Dennis???

Dennis: Hi-lo Place is a collaborative pixel art mural, a space where you can draw and create live, in real time, along with other Hi-lo readers.

The rules are easy; create whatever you want, as long as it’s appropriate for all ages and respectful to all.

You can stake out a section of the mural for yourself to start a new piece, add to what’s already being worked on, or even draw over what’s already there, if you’re feeling destructive. At the end of the month, we’ll do something cool with the final mural, though we haven’t decided exactly what that’ll be yet.

To get started, click “get started” and create an account using your email address, or log in through social media. Once you have an account, you’ll be able to click to choose a color from the palette at the bottom of the screen, and place a pixel by clicking on the grid. You can turn the grid on and off using the button in the upper right, or zoom in and out using the slider.

You can also check the leaderboard to see who’s placed the most pixels during the week, and chat with other Placers who are online.

Click “Help” in the top right for a list of keyboard shortcuts to help you while you create your masterpiece.

This is an experiment, so if anything goes wrong, feel free to email me at [email protected]

Steve: Take it. Try it. Arts with it. You’ll be glad you did, Guv’na!

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