Friday, April 04, 2008

Anyone Can Fly Foundation

Students in the CamdenForward School art classes have been very busy this year creating art based on the work of two prominent African American visual artists from the time of Harlem Renaissance. These studies and artworks have been made possible by a grant from The Anyone Can Fly Foundation, ( started by the contemporary artist, Faith Ringgold whose work can be seen in museums and galleries worldwide.

In October the third through sixth grade classes learned about the collage techniques of Romare Bearden and created collages that depict personal and family rituals, as well as the surrounding buildings on the UrbanPromise campus. Some of the resulting collaborations have been permanently displayed in our new student center in a frieze-like border to resemble a work by Bearden depicting an urban block in Harlem, his home neighborhood.

In March these same classes worked on tempera paintings based on the art of Jacob Lawrence. His street scenes including the figures, colors and patterns found in bustling urban neighborhoods inspired our students to create scenes from their personal worlds, of places where people work hard in a variety of ways to build community.

Trish Maunder, a local art educator from Moorestown who is associated with the Anyone Can Fly Foundation, has been co-teaching these specific lessons and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in relating to our children the amazing gifts these artists have to share.

Look for a special evening in late Spring of 2008 when all these works will be unveiled for viewing. UrbanPromise wishes to thank The Anyone Can Fly Foundation for its investment in these talented students!

Faith Ringgold & Julie Kring-Schreifels, UrbanPromise art director