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Fire Island Scrollathon: A collaborative upcycling project

Saturday, August 4, 2012
10:30AM—12:00PM EDT
The beach at Beach Hill, Fire Island Pines, NY 11782
Steven Ladd, William Ladd
Steven took hundreds of yards of brightly-colored trimmings to the beach for a Scrollathon. The Fire Island Scrollathon is a collaborative project designed to bring Steven together with the children and adults from Fire Island to create original works of art out of discarded materials. Everyone makes a scroll to keep and one to be included in a collaborative mural. A scroll is a tightly wound strip of trimming secured with a pin.

In 2006 Steven and his borther William Ladd began Scrollathon, engaging communities to bring the arts directly to those who might otherwise never have a chance to engage with professional artists. Early programs took place in schools, first in their hometown of Saint Louis, Missouri, then in their adopted hometown of Brooklyn, New York. To date the Scrollathon has served over 9,000 people throughout the United States and abroad, expanding to hospitals, women’s shelters, youth missions and jails. Through museum and institution partnerships, the program has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Knight Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Scrollathon reaches underserved, at-risk and incarcerated populations who have little or no exposure to the arts, giving them creative tools for building skills and sharing their experiences through artistic interventions. Through hands-on collaboration Scrollathon bridges a gap between communities and contemporary art, engaging people from all walks of life to create museum quality works of art.

The collaborative upcycling project will occur from 10:30am – 12pm,  Sun (8/4),  Wed (8/7),  Sun (8/12), Wed (8/15)