MetroFocus

LEARNING FOR LIFE

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>> AS THE ARTS LOSE FUNDING
IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, ONE
INSTITUTION OF LEARNING IN NEW
YORK IS HOPING TO PRESERVE A
CREATIVE NICHE FOR A SPECIAL
GROUP OF YOUNG PEOPLE.
THE WILDWOOD PROGRAM ALLOWS
STUDENTS WITH AUTISM AND OTHER
DISABILITIES TO EXPRESS
THEMSELVES CREATIVELY AND FREELY
THROUGH THE ARTS.
WILDWOOD PARTNERS WITH THE
ALBANY BARN, AN ART ORGANIZATION
THAT TAKES THE CHILDREN'S WORKS
AND REIMAGINES THEM WITH THE
HELP OF PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS.
>> I'M ALLEY PARROT, I'M AN ART
TEACHER AT WILDWOOD SCHOOL.
THIS IS MY FIRST YEAR.

THE WILDWOOD SCHOOL IS A SCHOOL
FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM AND OTHER
NEUROLOGICAL DISABILITIES.
WE WORK WITH A BROAD RANGE OF
STUDENTS AND ABILITY LEVELS.
IT'S JUST A REALLY INCLUSIVE
PLACE FOR STUDENTS WHO DON'T
NECESSARILY FIT IN AT THE SCHOOL
DISTRICT, AND THE DISTRICTS
AREN'T ABLE TO PROGRAM FOR THEM,
AND THEY COME TO US, AND WE GET
TO SEE THEIR POTENTIAL REALIZED.
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>> SO TODAY WE WERE WORKING ON
OUR PIECES FOR THE THIRD
COLLABORATIVE ART SHOW AT THE
ALBANY BARN.
HOW IT WORKS IS THE STUDENTS
CREATE PIECES, THEY PICKED A
MEDIUM, THEY PICKED THEIR
SUBJECT.
AND THEN WE SENT WORK SAMPLES
FOR THEIR ARTISTS TO BASE THEIR
WORK ON.

>> IT'S A BUSINESS INCUBATOR AND
RESIDENCY PROGRAM FOR EMERGING
ARTISTS IN THE CAPITAL REGION.
WE GET SAMPLES OF THE ARTWORK
FROM THE WILD WOOD SCHOOL AND
THEN THE WILDWOOD ADULT ARTIST
PROGRAM.
AND WHAT WE DO IS WE LOOK FOR
ARTISTS WITHIN OUR NETWORK,
WHOSE STYLE OR ENERGY OR COLOR
PALATE TEND TO MATCH WITH SOME
OF THE ARTIST'S WORK WE HAVE
RECEIVED AND THEN WE TRY TO MAKE
PAIRINGS BETWEEN ARTISTS AT THE
BARN AND THE ARTISTS AT
WILDWOOD.
SO IT'S BEEN KIND OF COOL TO SEE
WHAT EACH ARTIST FROM THE BARN
GRAVITATES TOWARDS IN TERMS OF
FINDING THEIR INSPIRATION FOR
THE FINAL PIECE AND PAIRING UP
THE FINAL PIECES TO BE IN THE
EXHIBITION.
§ §
>> IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR
THE STUDENTS TO SO SEE THEIR
ARTWORK HANGING IN A GALLERY AND
HAVE THE EXPERIENCE OF THEIR
FAMILIES COMING AND SEEING THEIR
PIECES IN A GALLERY.
IT'S GREAT TO GET OUT AND BE A
PART OF IT AND LET OUR ART
COMMUNITY KNOW KIND OF WHAT OUR
STUDENTS ARE MADE OF.
§ §
>> FOR THE ARTIST FOR THE BARN,
A LOT OF TIMES IT'S AN
OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO STEP
OUTSIDE OF KIND OF THEIR
"NORMAL" ARTWORK.
SO THEY'RE NOT WORRIED ABOUT
PRODUCING SOMETHING THAT FITS
INTO A SERIES OR THAT MAKES
SENSE IN THEIR OVERALL PORTFOLIO
OF WORK.
BUT THEY'RE REALLY DOING
SOMETHING SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS
EVENT.
IT'S ALMOST, YOU KNOW, A GIFT.
I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S THE RIGHT
TERM.
IT'S REALLY SOMETHING THAT
THEY'RE GIVING BACK TO THEIR
COLLABORATOR.
IT REALLY -- THEY HAVE SUCH A
SENSE OF APPRECIATION FOR THE
OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE WORKED WITH
THEM.
>> I MEAN, IT'S SO FREE AND
EXPRESSIVE.
IT'S MESSY AND -- WHICH IS
GREAT.
WE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT IS IT OKAY
TO MAKE A MESS IN ART?
YES, WE JUST NEED TO CLEAN IT UP
WHEN WE'RE FINISHED.
AND IT'S JUST WHO THEY ARE.
I'M LOOKING AT THEM OVER THERE.
AND IT'S JUST THE WAY THEY TALK
AND THE THINGS THAT THEY LIKE
IS -- COMES THROUGH SO MUCH IN
THEIR ARTWORK.
THIS IS WHEN THINGS COME OUT
THAT I NEVER KNEW.
I DIDN'T KNOW THAT CERTAIN
STUDENTS LIKE A CERTAIN COLOR OR
LIKE TO DRAW BIRDS OR TREES
APPARENTLY.
AND IT'S -- THEY GET A LOT OF
OUT OF BEING ABLE TO COME IN AND
EXPRESS THEMSELVES FREELY.


URL: https://www.thirteen.org/metrofocus/2018/12/learning-for-life/