By Josh Bisker
October 10, 2013
See some of the great photos from our recent children's event, a free immersive arts experience for 20 families at the Talladega Murals.
On September 28th, the Office of Government and Community Affairs hosted a free immersive arts experience for 20 families and children, involving a guided tour through a one-of-a-kind art exhibition and a hands-on painting workshop.
Families were told the fascinating story of “Rising Up: Hale Woodruff's Murals at Talladega College,” an exhibit at NYU's 80WSE Gallery that showcases vibrant murals depicting the African-American transition from slavery to freedom.
After an immersion in their history and internal symbolism (and a pizza lunch that followed), children were invited to try their own hand at expressing themselves through the medium of painting. Muralists from the Free Arts Society invited the children to take part in their ongoing collaborative arts project Hearts of the World, in which people from all over the globe express their passions, thoughts, and feelings on pages screenprinted with the outlines of anatomical hearts.
The paired activities let the children express their innermost feelings, both joys and heartaches, through a self-directed creative experience that linked their lives to the paintings they had seen in the gallery.