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Open Doors Feature: Roosevelt Perry Mask Making Residency

During our visit to Roosevelt Perry's mask making residency, students were beginning to form their masks from papier mache! In the previous class, students sketched ideas inspired from two different folktales they read, including the Chinese Zodiac and a Native American folktales! Next class, students will add paint and will begin embellishing with a variety of materials to make their ideas come to life! 

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Open Doors Feature: Honor Quilt Project

We were so impressed by the student's work from the Academy at Shawnee! We worked with art teacher Beth Holladay to bring a project inspired by Judy Chicago's Honor Quilt to her classroom. Students chose a female visual artist who's work they admired and created a quilt panel to honor them. Kara Walker, Georgia O'Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Marilyn Minter, Mary Cassatt, and Bridget Riley were just a few of the artists selected by the students.

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Open Doors Feature: Alltrade Mural Reveal

It is very difficult to pick out a favorite moment from the mural reveal party...but all the kiddos tackling LVA Outreach Program Coordinator Ehren Reed in a huge group hug as soon as they saw her is undoubtedly at the top of our list! We're feeling thankful for Alltrade Property Management seeing the value in public art, for Fund for the Arts' constant support, for our amazing team of teachers at LVA, and of course for the amazing students that are at the heart of all we do. Have a look at the images from the reveal party, then head over to Barret and Broadway to see in person!

We would also like to thank LVA board member Alexia Serpentini for helping us capture many of these images! 

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Open Doors Feature: Visually Impaired Preschool Services

We are having a great time working with Kosair Kids® through Kosair Charities and Fund for the Arts to bring a 28 week program to the Visually Impaired Preschool Services! During this class visit artist facilitator Ehren Reed and intern Zara Goldberg worked with students to mold clay into the letter of their first name and then add textural embellishments. This exercise is in preparation for a clay tile mural that the students will create next!