Teen workshop series bridging social issues with street art.
“Art on the Streets” is a workshop series for teens to create public artwork inspired by social justice issues. Using a framework of professional artist mentorships to facilitate art in public spaces, students explore current social issues while building community, collaboration and mutual respect. While Art Cars may not immediately be associated with “street art”, art cars are contemporary, sculptural, functional art meant to be experienced in public by the larger community.
This project will be structured around Boulder High’s National Arts Honor Society students group of 19/20 who will lead the project with mentorship and support from local Artists, fabricators and CU students. In addition to the NAHS student project leaders, they will be working with at-risk and non-arts students to participate in the creation of the car- specifically Adelante! and AVID, as well as non BVSD teens from other community organizations.
The materials for the art car will be exclusively “re-used” or recycled materials collected and donated through ReSource. This project will culminate with an art car that will be used as a community engagement piece for many different events throughout the Boulder Community.
And Art Space launches "Art On The Streets" -a workshop series with Boulder High School National Arts Honor Students, to create public work driven by social issues. Using a framework of artist mentorships to facilitate student work in public spaces, students explore awareness of social issues and how to use street art as a platform while building community, collaboration and mutual respect. The project is funded and made possible by Open Studios, Boulder, we are grateful for their support.🙏
The first workshop was completed in February 2019 and lead by Artist, Edica Pacha. After learning about the history of wheat pasting and about Pacha's work as an artist in this medium, the students discussed possible themes for the work that they were to create for this project. The students chose a theme of diversity and inclusion, and were intentional about the broad meaning of inclusivity- including but not limited to race, ethnicity, body image, disability, and gender identity etc.
Through various types of art making, each student created their own work around the theme. The students brought their work to the group and after presenting it, they collaborated on determining techniques, design and the installation plan as a group. On Monday February 25th, the students met on location and installed their work as a group on the side of Alfalfa's market on Broadway.
The students built skills in artist collaboration and personal confidence through the creation of public art, and how to use their own voices in addressing current social issues. The wheat paste installation can be seen on the south east corner of Alfalfa’s Market on Broadway and Arapahoe. We thank Alfalfa’s for their support of this initiative as a location sponsor. The installation is temporary but will be up through the rest of the year.
The second workshop was completed in April 2019 by artist Patrick Maxcy. Patrick is a full time artist and muralist from Golden, Colorado. Patrick led the students in creating a mural featuring endangered species. This mural is located on the Boulder Creek Path at 15th.
Contact: Leah Brenner Clack | And Art Space Founder, Director, Curator Cell 720-352-8194 firstname.lastname@example.org www.and-art.space
Project Partners: Open Studios, Boulder- Financial Sponsor | Exec. Director Mary Horrocks, email@example.com
Alfalfa’s Market - Location Sponsor | Store Director Rebekah Graumann, firstname.lastname@example.org
Edica Pacha- Artist Mentor | email@example.com
Patrick Maxcy- Artist Mentor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Villareal - Boulder High School Art Teacher | email@example.com
Lori Llerandi - Boulder High School Art Teacher | firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2019 workshop series was made possible by the generous support of Boulder’s Open Studios.
“Open Studios is more than just the annual studio tour. Since 1995, the organization has grown to encompass numerous programs and projects designed to raise awareness and appreciation of art in our community. Over the last 22 years, Open Studios has become the most comprehensive visual arts organization in Boulder, Colorado. “