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The Dream in Pictures Family Art Studio at Escalante

Monday, 18 April 2016 13:35
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The Dream in Pictures Family Art Studio at Escalante
- a partnership between Framework Arts and Art Access as part of their Dreamers Program and exhibit

by Megan Hallett

Salt Lake City is home to vibrant immigrant and refugee populations, presenting opportunities in our neighborhoods and schools for diverse storytelling in a variety of forms.

This class is being held on Wednesday evenings at Escalante Elementary, located in the West Pointe/Rose Park neighborhood. We have 13 families participating with children from 3-6th grade, and their younger siblings.

We have looked at a variety of artists to get inspiration for two projects- painted family portraits and mixed media drawn collages entitled- Where We Have Been, Where We Are Now, and Where We Hope We Are Going. Both projects are collaborative pieces that are being planned and created by all of the family members. A significant part of the class is the planning and discussion that has to happen between family members as they work out how they want to tell their stories and how they want to work together on the physical creation.

Next week we begin painting, adding another layer to the stories and another layer of negotiations between kids and parents, the space and the materials.

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