MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The Literacy Quilt Project – one of three grant recipients of the ArtsWestchester Challenge – will be on display at the Amani Public Charter School in Mount Vernon on Friday.
Artist Mary Louise Gladstone, 82 fifth-grade students from the school and the city of Mount Vernon, in partnership with the Pelham Art Center, examined quilts in relation to the American folk art tradition.
Once their research was over, they studied America during the Great Depression and created their own collaborative quilts, which will be on display. The function, materials and construction of quilts during that time period were also analyzed by the students and artist.
The ArtsWestchester Challenge is a local arts-in-education funding program that is administered by the organization. It provides funds for local artists to pursue projects and opportunities they may not have otherwise.
Gladstone teaches visual and cultural workshops to aspiring artists of all ages and experience. She also educates the special needs population throughout the state about the value of arts education. She has been an artist-instructor at the Pelham Art Center for more than a decade.
The public is welcome to a reception where they can browse the quilts that were created through the Literacy Quilt Project. Doors will be open from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Amani Public Charter School on Lincoln Avenue.
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