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Twinfield School: Exploring Place through Art

Posted on 10 July 2009 by lhtorres

Twinfield Mural Installation

Twinfield School parent and "What Is My Place" project leader Anne LaBrusciano and arts instructor Jan Danziger place the last of more than 400 tiles created by students and staff.

Back in the Spring of 2008 I had a wonderful opportunity to work with a school here in Central Vermont to engage the entire school community in the production of a mural that would both beautify the school and capture everyone’s individual and shared response to an issue, place. As the Times Argus (a local paper) reported at the time, “The impetus for the Peace Tile project came from Anne LaBrusciano, who has three children at Twinfield and serves on the school’s arts and enrichment committee. Leslie Koehler, another parent on the committee, got donations – the Drawing Board contributed art materials and Allen Lumber donated plywood – and two teachers at Twinfield, Jan Danziger and Sarah Pulaski, worked on the overall concept.”

“We were trying to find ways to beautify the school – to make it more inviting, colorful, fun,” LaBrusciano said. We worked together to develop the project’s theme – “What is my place?” – which came from a classic book, “The Big World and the Little House” by Ruth Krauss, that LaBrusciano read and loved as a child.

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Denilton Performing Arts Center Mural

Posted on 09 July 2009 by lhtorres

 

Members of NextAid's Denilton residential center pose with their newly installed Peace Tiles mural hanging in the background.

Members of NextAid's Denilton residential center pose with their newly installed Peace Tiles mural hanging in the background.

One of my favorite Peace Tiles stories is from our partner NextAid, which uses the latest club beats to move people to act against AIDS. Through their dancehall awareness and fundraising events in the U.S. NextAid has been able to raise thousands of dollars on behalf of AIDS initiatives in South Africa. One of them is the construction of a residential center for children orphaned by AIDS in the remote town of Denilton.

 

Peace Tiles hooked up with NextAid through the international arts network ActAlive and formed a partnership. As Peace Tiles’ first official partner at one of the world’s epicenters of the AIDS pandemic, a mural of at least 30 tiles would be shipped to an exhibition space in Johannesburg and later installed at NextAid’s performing arts center in Denilton.

It took about three years to get the project completed, but we’re all pleased that the Peace Tiles endured their isolation in storage and now – complemented by additional tiles made by Denilton youth – hang proudly from the new walls of the Denilton performing arts space. Way to go NextAid!

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UN Association of National Capitol Region Hosts Peace Tiles

Posted on 09 July 2009 by lhtorres

Students at Janey School discuss their human rights tiles

Students at Janey School discuss their human rights tiles

Recently received a super great report from Tonya Gonzalez at DC Office on Human Rights on their recent Peace Tiles effort co-sponsored with the UN Association of the National Capitol Region.

“It went AMAZINGLY well! At the VIP reception we presented the Peace Tiles – which were also acknowledged at the Opening Ceremonies. The Director of the DC Commission on Arts and the Humanities (Gloria Nauden) along with me presented the Tiles. Lars – Gloria is blown away and wants to do it again next year for at least 100-200!”

Check out the press release on their event.

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Pirton School (UK) Looking for Exchange

Posted on 09 July 2009 by lhtorres

 

Students from Pirton School (UK) grades 4,5 and 6

Students from Pirton School (UK) grades 4,5 and 6

Pirton School (UK) reports, “Class 5 took part in an art workshop to make a “Peace Tiles mural” to send a message of hope and inspiration to children whose lives are directly affected by conflicts around the world. Class 4 will take part in their workshop next week. The project is being promoted by the children’s newspaper First News which Classes 4 and 5 receive each week and has kindly been co-ordinated by Mrs Gbadebo.” From a recent email, it sounds as though they are interested in making connections with others. Drop a comment if you’d like to “twin” with them!

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