Young artists from Philadelphia visit Perry House
By biconews On 29 Feb, 2000 At 05:00 AM | Categorized As Archives | With 0 Comments

By Jessica Richter

Young, smiling faces greeted visitors to Perry House, when children involved in a campus tutoring program came to Bryn Mawr, enjoying the praise of students for an exhibit of their artwork. The Thursday afternoon reception was the opening of the exhibit, which is publicly displayed at the House, the African-American cultural residence. This artwork will he shown there until Feb. 29.

The child artists, who ranged in age from 4 to 12 years old, arrived from the High Five afterschool tutoring program. Bryn Mawr students who participate in the program regularly tutor in all school-related subjects. They also play games with the students and work with them on various art projects.

The particularly large project of the exhibit found inspiration in the ongoing celebration oh Black History Month. The theme was “Our Children, Our Beauty: The future reflects on black history,” according to Kayan Clarke (BMC ’02), who organized the exhibition with Latanya Ingraham (BMC ’02).

Clarke and Ingraham began the project about two weeks ago. They bought the necessary art supplies and presented them to the children of the High Five program, along with the theme to direct or influence their artwork.

Many of the children chose to draw their mothers, their fathers, or other family members. One child had the powerful idea of suggesting that “black is the color of” various things, such as his friends and family.

The event at Perry House gave the young artists a chance to see their work celebrated and on display. The atmosphere was festive, which allowed for the interaction of the various age groups.

After enjoying the pizza provided at the opening, the obviously proud children headed in the direction of their artwork. They had a chance to view everyone’s pieces, and to talk among themselves and with their Bryn Mawr mentors. Many of the younger children were hoisted up by Mawrters, showing some of the strong bonds formed between the children and their tutors.

Once all the artwork had been viewed, the children were rewarded certificates of achievement for their successful work.

Freshman Mawrter Kiya Showell commented that this was “a wonderful experience” and “a wonderful event.” She also pointed out that it gave the visiting children a chance to see a college that they otherwise might not have. Also. “the opportunity to see their art displayed is valuable and unusual for these children,” Showell observed. Overall, the unique character of the exhibit was achieved through the dynamics of art, community outreach and youth, all in support of Black History Month.

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