A Thousand Words by Felicia Waldon/Carver School of the Arts
In this interdisciplinary On Site/Insight Project, inner-city students learn how risk leads to creative growth. Responding to original spoken-word, dance, and musical performances, visual art students produce a new painting or drawing every 5-10 minutes--in front of an audience. The visual imagery produced by the students interprets and elaborates on the themes expressed in each performance. Many of these at-risk students have difficulty staying on-task, finishing assignments, and lack the tenacity to engage in long-term creative activity. This project forces them to take risks for the sake of the creative process, finishing more original artwork in a short amount of time than ever before. Although tired from a long night on stage, students were amazed at the artworks they produced--and even more pleased when audience members wanted to buy them!
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