Monday, January 31, 2011

Opportunity: Mentor Program in Wilmington, DE

Call for participation:

In keeping with our mission of community outreach and education, our chapter has an opportunity to work on a collaborative book project with second- though seventh-grade students in the Ujima afterschool program in Wilmington Delaware.

Workshops for writing and art demonstrations will take place on Fridays from 4-5 pm. (Dates to be determined, but likely starting mid-late Feb.)This project will run for six weeks, with writing activities and art activities on alternating weeks. Each student will create a book, and paired with a chapter member, explore their identity through words and imagery. Chapter members can contribute by becoming an "art-pal"(as opposed to penpal), either in person at the Friday workshops or via trading of books - drop-offs and pick-ups will be arranged through Alison Altergott - or by conducting an art demonstration. Art techniques to be considered can include printmaking, collage, photography - any 2-d methods are welcome.

We anticipate as many as twenty students taking part in this project, so we hope every chapter member will consider being an art-pal, so all the children will have a partner. This is a great chance for us to share our involvement with art as adults - most often art is not taken seriously as a career, but children are great artists, and they should be able to see art as something they can keep in their grown-up lives.

Please respond as soon as possible if you can participate, and in what way you can contribute.

There may be exhibition opportunities for this project as well.
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Contact:
Alison Altergott
President, Women's Caucus for Art Philadelphia Chapter

Contact phila_wca@yahoo.com with the subject line "UJIMA."
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