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Playing with Tape: A tape art public residency in a small town.
Michael Townsend and Leah Smith
It is starting to get dark and we have been working on this small Tape Art mural for almost an hour. It is the fourth one of the day and the twelfth one so far this week. The irony of this mural is that we are working on the side of a local middle school, drawing a drone with a spray paint can attached to it and painting an image of an elephant. We are technically doing graffiti about drones doing graffiti on the side of a school building. And everyone in town loves it.
A Public Art Residency
The location is Canadian, Texas, a Panhandle town with 2,600 inhabitants that takes its name from the nearby Canadian River. The town’s civic pride expresses itself in a rodeo stadium, the renovation of historic main street buildings, and a high school noted statewide for its football, band, and theatre.
Nestled at the center of this town is the innovative Citadelle Art Foundation, whose director Wendie Cook has made it her mission to bring high quality art experiences to the Texas panhandle. She has presented exhibits of Art Nouveau, art of the western paperback, Rube Goldberg, Marc Chagall, and an exquisite collection of Rembrandt etchings with offerings of workshops to neighboring schools. Neighboring can often mean a two-hour drive one way.
Director Cook’s most recent vision was to introduce street art to the community, perhaps a tough sell in a town where the only graffiti is where the train bridge crosses the river on the outskirts of town. Our Tape Art mural on the facade of the Brooks Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, caught her eye and, an email and phone call later, we were hatching a plan for a public art residency. The goal of this project would be to give every single resident of Canadian the opportunity to either see a Tape Art drawing or directly participate in one's creation.
The Tape Art Crew
The Tape Art Crew gave birth to the process of drawing collaboratively with tape and has worked exclusively with the medium for over 25 years. The origins of the medium's application can be traced back to a collection of nightly tape drawings made on sidewalks, courtyards, public spaces, and abandoned buildings throughout Providence, Rhode Island starting in the late 80's.
To this day the tradition of drawing collaboratively, life-sized and with an intention of removing the work after its completion continue to be some of the trademarks of Tape Art.
The first act of the plan was surprising the town with seventeen temporary mini-murals on a variety of walls around town so that, unless you walked around with your eyes closed, you would eventually see one. The reports were that people were spending evenings and time on the weekend to drive or walk around town to find every drawing and sharing their findings with friends and family.
The second act involved a marathon twelve days of collaborative mural making and workshops for students from elementary school to high school, both in Canadian and surrounding towns. Students made murals on the walls of their schools, as well as in public spaces where the community could watch the art being made in real time. Over 500 students participated. Some of the most successful community outreach drawings were done at local senior homes.
By the end of our time in Canadian, the goal of saturating the town with art was achieved. For the past 30 years, we have striven to use the medium of Tape Art to demystify the art making process, to make it inclusive, and to strengthen the connection between art and the community. That connection is easier to grasp when it is visible. When making work, we prioritize transparency. Viewers can see the bag of tape, witness exactly how we produce the work in real time, contribute to its creation, and help us remove it upon completion.
Talking to spectators about art and answering questions can take up to fifty percent of our time on any given day. All of this expands the public’s sense that they understand art, that art serves a community purpose, and that keeping art in the community is a priority even when funding is tight. email@example.com
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The Memory Project
The Memory Project is a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers, art students, and solo artists to help cultivate global kindness by creating portraits for children around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as violence, war, extreme poverty, neglect, and loss of parents. Participants create these portraits to help children feel valued and important, to know that many people care about their well being, and to provide a special childhood memory in the future. Since 2004 they have created more than 130,000 portraits for children in 47 countries. SchoolArts Magazine has featured The Memory Project many times and would like to share this new invitation and opportunity with you.
The Memory Project typically asks all participating art students (or their schools) to contribute a $15 donation with each portrait. These contributions cover the costs of coordinating and delivering the portraits to the children around the world. However, we now have a donor who wants to encourage more art teachers and students to participate. The donor is offering to contribute $75 for every art teacher who has not yet joined our efforts, allowing new teachers to sign up 5 students for no cost.
1) All art teachers who are not yet part of the Memory Project can now sign up with 5 students and a donor will cover their $75 contribution. See #3 at memoryproject.org/funding
2) In addition, teachers at low-income schools can now determine their own contribution amount for any number of students. See #2 at memoryproject.org/funding
Current Memory Projects
1) Colombia: Feeding centers for 3-5 year old children
We begin the school year with young children living in urban slums in Colombia. Most of the children live with a single parent or grandparent and receive meals and other support at neighborhood feeding centers. These tiny tots are no doubt some of the cutest on Earth, and they will literally jump for joy when they receive the portraits your students create for them. We have their photos ready to go right now and will bring the finished portraits to them in early December as a special holiday delivery.
2) Puerto Rico: ongoing Hurricane Maria response
In May we delivered portraits to children who were affected by Hurricane Maria, and many more children wanted to participate. We told them we would find artists to make their portraits too, and we would love your help! We'll have their photos ready very soon, and we plan to deliver their portraits before the holidays in December.
3) Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh:
The Rohingya ethnic minority has been called the "most unwanted" group of people on Earth. Nearly a million fled genocide in Myanmar last year and are currently sheltering in a huge refugee settlement in Bangladesh. Most of these families have little more than a few cooking pans and a handful of clothes. For these children, who have rarely seen photos of themselves, the portraits will be gifts they could never have previously imagined. H
We will have their photos ready in several weeks and plan to deliver the portraits to them in January.
4) Philippines: children living in extreme poverty
Last year we partnered with a wonderful organization in the Philippines to create portraits for children living in garbage dumps and other extremely impoverished situations. They told us we must do it again this year, as they want to reach a thousand more children, and we said "absolutely." We will have their photos ready very soon and plan to deliver the portraits to them in February.
5) Syria: children living as war refugees
Thousands of Syrian children are growing up in refugee camps with no experience of life outside a barbed wire fence. The portraits your students create for them will therefore carry messages of kindness and hope from an outer world. Help us show these children that they are not forgotten. We will have their photos ready soon and plan to deliver the portraits in March.
6) Afghanistan: children facing war and poverty
Few countries on earth have experienced as much turmoil and tragedy as Afghanistan in recent decades, and that trend is continuing with the resurgence of the Taliban. Quite simply, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these children to see themselves portrayed as works of art. We will have their photos ready in a month and plan to deliver their portraits in April.
7) USA: children facing poverty and violence
It is bittersweet to add our dear USA to this list for the very first time. On the one hand it will be so meaningful to make portraits for children here at home, but it is also heartbreaking that their circumstances have brought them to this list at all. We will be making portraits for children in some of the most challenged neighborhoods in our country - kids who rarely get enough to eat and face the threat of gun violence every day. We hope to have their photos ready by October and will deliver the finished portraits in May.
8) Peru: children living in extreme poverty
When asked to imagine Peru many people think of the jungles, mountains, and Machu Picchu. Far fewer think of the deeply impoverished slums outside of Lima or the children who live there. By creating portraits for them, your students can imagine just how surprised and touched they will be to receive such special gifts for the very first time. We will have their photos ready in a month and plan to deliver their portraits in June.
9) Pakistan: children living in orphanage homes
We are passionate about breaking barriers and uniting youth from different cultures. For that reason we are very exited to create portraits for children in Pakistan for the very first time. As one of our Pakistani partners says, "When many people think of our country they think of terrorism, but it's not like that! We are a very warm and welcoming people who are eager for friendship and cannot wait to see the special portraits you create for the children in our homes." We will have their photos ready in a month and plan to deliver their portraits in July.
10) Russia: children facing social problems
It is often said that art is a universal language. Sharing a language is essential for clear communication, and communication is a foundation of friendship. When we delivered portraits to Russia last year, many children asked, "What do American people think about us?" By using art as a language to communicate friendship, we can help to build peace with Russian youth in a way that governments can't. We will have their photos ready by November and plan to deliver their portraits in August.
For more information, please contact Ben Schumaker, Founder, The Memory Project,2163 N. Gateway St., Middleton, WI 53562 P) 608-467-0974.Art Teachers,
Call for Media Arts Articles
SchoolArts Magazine is going to publish an issue this year about Media Arts and we invite you to submit articles for it. Media arts is defined by all genres and forms that use electronic media, film and technology (analog & digital; old and new) as an artistic medium or a medium to broaden arts appreciation and awareness of any discipline. For example, this includes projects presented via film, television, radio, audio, video, the Internet, interactive and mobile technologies, video games, immersive and multi-platform storytelling, and satellite streaming. If you have a project you would like to write about, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Kindness Rocks Project, http://thekindnessrocksproject.com
Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest: Elementary, middle and high school teachers and their students are encouraged to participate in the Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest, an integral part of the 12th annual Endangered Species Day, celebrated on and around May 19, 2017. Learn More
Creatubbles is a global platform for sharing and interacting with children's visual creations. Learn more.
Make Your Mark - Challenge your students to create devices that make marks on its own once they are set in motion. Learn more.
Community Stories - This curriculum project invites teachers and students to research the visual, oral, and written records of their own communities for stories and images to share with others. Learn More
Earth Works - Work together with your students to study the local environment and then use the power of art to show how we can better co-exist with the natural world. Learn More
It's a Small World - Create a work of art that conveys a "big" idea or scene in miniature form. Learn More
Rock Thoughts - Have your students paint rocks to resemble 'monsters' and hide them in public spaces for others to find. Learn More
Memory Project - have your students create portraits for children and teens around the world who have been orphaned, abandoned, neglected, or otherwise disadvantaged. Learn More
Connected Classrooms asks the question "What IF every teacher on this site was partnered with another teacher in another city, state, or even better another country?" Learn More
Portrait Party - Trade portraits with other teachers, participate in a portrait swap with another school, or host a Portrait Party in your classroom. Learn more
Past projects are archived here.