All art-making is an act of communication. The processes that surround exhibiting artwork — the development of artists’ statements, the receiving of feedback and recognition — are essential elements in supporting the development of a sense of agency: the belief that intentional, creative action can transform the world around us.
Daniel’s Bergman was hired as Creative Art Works’ new Program Director to build on our legacy of creative youth development. Daniel has thirty years of experience as an arts educator and administrator in schools, nonprofits and museums. His career has been dedicated to the power of inquiry-based, hands-on arts education.
What follows below are excerpts from an hour-long conversation in which we talked about CAW’s mission, the difference between teaching art and creative youth development, teaching art with integrity, and the up-side of failure.
A CAW Youth Apprentice is making a difference in the world without leaving his block.
Every morning, Tyrese Kierstedt walks out the front door of his apartment building, hangs a left, goes twenty feet and arrives at his summer job. Tyrese is one of several Youth Apprentices who are painting Creative Art Works' third mural for West Harlem Group Assistance, a community-based development corporation dedicated to revitalizing West and Central Harlem communities. The mural is located on the northwest corner of 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue, half a block north of Communities for Healthy Food at WHGA, a food pantry that promotes healthy lifestyles and provides related services to Harlem residents.
Our 2016 Public Art Youth Employment Program started on July 5th with an orientation at the Oberia D. Dempsey Multi-Service Center in Harlem. Over the course of six weeks, Youth Apprentices will be paid to participate in six mural projects and to contribute to two multi-media or graphics projects at six partner locations. Read on for details about each site.
Home is where the heart is, and CAW’s heart has been in El Barrio ever since we began offering arts programs there 30 years ago. We are excited to be offering a new art workshop for families with young children at Artspace PS109 every Saturday in February.
About 40,800 years ago, somebody made a pattern of red dots on the walls of a limestone cave in Northern Spain. It was the first work of art. The most recent examples of cave art were recently discovered in the wilds of Upper Manhattan at Inwood Public Library and United Palace of Cultural Arts.
Stop-motion animation has been used to make classic TV shows and movies such as Gumby, Wallace and Grommet and The Nightmare Before Christmas. While the basic technique is easy to learn, the applications are endless. Last fall, Creative Art Works offered two after-school classes that employed different aspects of this simple yet powerful movie-making technique.
“Kids at this age want to tell their own stories. The cartooning class gives them the skills and the opportunity to do that.”
CAW Teaching Artist Tom Palmer
Welcome to the Marketplace of Ideas. We have two stories today about branding, advertising and creating identity. The first takes place at a middle school in Harlem, the second at a museum in London. Both stories demonstrate that creativity is a vital skill with applications outside the classroom.
We often say that Creative Art Works’ programs, “...build confidence, unlock a love of learning, and create profound connections between our young people and their communities.” But how do art and community intersect? Last Saturday, the young participants in our free art workshops developed a deeper understanding of what it means to be part of a community by taking part in a collaborative art-making project.