The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection announces a new program for high school students in summer 2015. ARTinstead is an eight-session workshop for high school students that will culminate in a public panel discussion on July 11.
ARTinstead is an opportunity for Charlottesville youth to explore their roles in the ongoing local, national, and international dialogues about race. In sessions facilitated by Lora Henderson (U.Va. Curry School of Education), students will explore their own racial and cultural identities and experiences, and consider how art can be used instead of violence to encourage change. Each week, an established artist whose work engages with these topics will discuss their art practice, teach fine art techniques, and consult with each student. Participating artists are Tony Albert (Girramay, Indigenous Australian), Gerald Cournoyer (Oglala Lakota, Native American), Frank Walker (African-American), and Madhavi Reddi (Indian-American).
ARTinstead is spearheaded by U.Va. student Holly Zajur (CLAS 2015). Zajur was granted The Minerva Award to research how cultural identity is conceptualized and expressed through art, and the capacity of art as a tool for social awareness and action. Zajur, a Global Development and Arts Administration major and an intern at Kluge-Ruhe, said, “I believe that art provides an outlet for social transformation worldwide and am very grateful to the Kluge-Ruhe for supporting this vision.”
ARTinstead dovetails with the Kluge-Ruhe Collection’s summer exhibition, Brothers, a selection of works by Tony Albert. Albert’s accomplishments include Australia’s most prestigious Indigenous art award, the Telstra Award, and his work is in major public and private collections internationally. Brothers explores the discrimination and targeting of Aboriginal people, issues relevant to minority groups worldwide.
ARTinstead will meet on Mondays and Fridays from 1 – 4 pm, June 15 – July 11. Students ages 14 – 18 interested in art and conversations about how race impacts their community are encouraged to apply. The deadline is May 11, 2015, and applications can be found here. Space is limited to 10 participants, so apply now!