Art, as expression and experience. Middle school students from CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School work with local artist Daniela Balzano to foster an appreciation of public art as a means of expression and collaboration.
“Public art is free. Spectators don’t need to dress in their best or buy tickets. It’s available to everyone, and it’s a concept that needs to be better celebrated,” says artist and instructor Daniela Balzano.
Balzano, a community artist for over 15 years, believes in expanding beyond contemporary art education by demonstrating an out-of-the-box teaching style. Her students study the art of Banksy and Haring and look at the politics of graffiti and community art. She believes that these creative expressions hold a unique place in the art world and therefore encourages her students to think beyond Picasso and Monet.
“Art in our immediate environment can generate an openness and attachment with one’s community. I want my students to realize that they can be part of the larger picture, helping to inspire others and provoke thought in the world around them.”
The group will culminate its study with Public Art Show Friday, 1 April 2016 at Frogurt Time in Guilford, CT, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. CELC’s art show is in collaboration with the work of Guatemalan students from EducArte, a school in Antigua, Guatemala with whom CELC is in partnership. A film showing at 6:00 p.m. will share CELC students’ May 2015 travels to Guatemala, as well as live Skype with the students of EducArte.
All proceeds from the sale of student artwork will benefit EducArte, whose guiding principle is “social justice by the means of education and art”. Some percentage of yogurt sales will benefit CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Middle School, a not-for-profit (501c3) corporation.
Join us for this exciting event! For more information, contact [email protected] or call 203.433.4658.