UArts Grad Students Lead Community Arts Project
MFA in Studio Art students will work with children at New Hope Temple Baptist Church to transform their playground area on Aug. 2
July 30, 2013
Students in the MFA in Studio Art program at the University of the Arts will be working with children at New Hope Temple Baptist Church in Philadelphia (711-15 South 12th Street) to assist them in transforming their playground area through artistic means.
Leading this community arts project, which will take place on Friday, August 2 from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., are grad students Monika Felber MFA '14 (Studio Art), Eric Westray MFA '14 (Studio Art), Gia Stagliano MFA '14 (Studio Art), Moraiah Luna MFA '14 (Studio Art) and Joseph Bliss MFA '14 (Studio Art).
Children from the New Hope Temple Baptist Church will engage in a workshop where they will be making plastic flowers and planters using recyclable materials to exhibit on their playground fence. Some of the materials have been donated by local stores and some have been collected from the environment by individuals in the community.
The purpose of this project is to not only expose children to the arts, but to also help form a space designed for them. The use of recyclable materials introduces them to the idea of taking something old and creating something new, and the bright colors they will be using for the flowers will liven up the environment.
The Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art program at the University of the Arts is a two-and-a-half year course of study committed to training artists to the highest professional level. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the program is regarded as one of the premier low-residency MFA art programs in the United States.