Artists Making a Difference
The first project done in this series will be a mural painted at Central Gwinnett High School. All donations will go toward paint supplies and meals for the artists and students at work
Join us in bringing the “Hard in the Paint” series to Central Gwinnett High School! “Hard in the Paint” is a lecture series under the Artist Making a Difference Initiative that uses a project-based learning model that takes students out of the classroom and into the studio. During the project, the students work with a visiting artist in the creation of an artistic body of work. At the conclusion of the project an Inside the Artist Studio is a town hall lecture is given in which the guest artist fields questions and discusses their career and body of work with the students. This lecture will be streamed from Central High Gwinnett High School to neighboring high schools around the Atlanta Metropolitan area.
This project will be a collaboration of Artists Making a Difference, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, and Central Gwinnett High School.
During the program students will:
• Engage in hands on field experience with guest artist.
• Collaborate in the creation process.
• Learn 21st century skills including critical thinking, collaboration and leadership, and public speaking
• Participate in the question and answer lecture that will be live streamed to various high schools around the Metro Atlanta area.
why we’re doing it
Artists Making a Difference is a community initiative created by Nicholas Bedford that organizes and provides resources for the creation of murals at schools, community centers, and shelters around the Metro Atlanta area. The murals are created by selected local artists who want to give back to their community. The goal of the initiative is to inspire the kids at the participating schools, community centers, and shelters. Every quarter the project progresses to a different center.
For this program, Artists Making a Difference will work with low-income students who have limited exposure to the arts. These students will learn artistic, communication, and critical thinking skills they can use in the future to help them get internships and jobs.
Partnerships like these can take years to build, but we have a unique opportunity to collaborate with these schools now, and — most importantly — to provide engaging, educational programming for young people of color.