Crossing Boundaries: Making Art

Exhibitions

Crossing Boundaries: Making Art

Pine Run and Kensington Collaborative Exhibition

March 2, 2014 - March 23, 2014

Crossing Boundaries: Making Art is a collaboration of two diverse communities of learners from Pine Run Elementary School in New Britain and the Kensington Health Sciences Academy in Philadelphia.

The elementary and high school level students who participated in this pilot program worked at their home schools with visual arts educators Stephani Thomas and Robin Lane, creating mixed media works incorporating photography, fabric, artifacts, and found objects.

Students were inspired by three artists whose work incorporates themes of identity and self reflection: Amalia Amaki, who explores African American life and culture through the use of photography; Faith Ringold, whose story quilts and figural compositions focus on themes of racial conflict and slavery; and Mexican painter Frida Kahlo who is best known for her intriguing self-portraits.

Through their artwork, student artists were encouraged to reflect upon a sense of place, depict their home and school environments, and share life experiences, personal history, interests, passions, family, friends, and relationships. In addition, students wrote the reflective essays displayed here, which help inform the images they created.

The creative process provided students with the opportunity to explore the enduring questions Where do I come from? Where am I going? What will I do when I get there?

 

This artwork is a rare glimpse into the challenges faced and opportunities afforded for youngrnpeople living in two very different communities. We see the innaternqualities of youth – resilience, spirit, promise, invention, and hope – crossing boundaries.

 

Please come! The public is welcome!

Crossing Boundaries: Making Art is a collaboration of two diverse communities of learners from Pine Run Elementary School in New Britain and the Kensington Health Sciences Academy in Philadelphia.

On Sunday March 2, student artistsrnwill gather at the Michener Art Museum at noon to meet one another, have lunch,rnand tour the museum.

Parents, siblings, grandparents, friends,rnteachers, school administrators, and the entire community are welcome to joinrnthe students at the reception on Sunday March 2 from 2-4 pm. Refreshments will be served, and there will be ‘Paint Your Own Face’ activities for students and siblings to engage in while they are in the classrooms. The reception is an open house type of event, so visitors are welcome to come and go as they please.

Family members of the student artists will receive free admission to the museum the day of the reception.

In addition, the exhibition is free and open to the public from March 2-23, and visitors may see the student work during museum hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am – 4:30 pm, and Sunday from noon – 4:30 pm.

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