Ninth graders in Tandem Friends School's Foundations of Art class, led by instructor Lou Haney, recently undertook an art project in which they responded to one of Draw Charlottesville's current prompts: "Draw a place that represents what Charlottesville means to you,""Draw a place in Charlottesville that brings you joy," or "Draw a place in Charlottesville that you would reimagine."
A few drawings include Live Arts, drawn by K.T. because "I have had many wonderful theatrical experiences there, both as an actor and audience member." L.P drew the downtown mall because "When I first moved here this was one of the first places I went to." L.F. selected The Corner because "It fills me with nostalgia since we’ve driven by it so often. It also makes me happy since my mom always tells me fun stories about The Corner back when she was a student at UVA."
We were able to hear more about the students' work during one of their (virtual) classes and had so much fun getting to know them better through art!
What a difference a day makes has taken on an entirely new meaning over the past two weeks as we have all had our daily lives turned upside down due to the COVID-19 global health pandemic and have started to better understand the collective impact of the individual choices we make over the course of a day. When we began envisioning Draw Charlottesville we imagined our community being inspired to look around and use art as avenue for closer observation of our daily lives and our broader community. We now see the opportunity to also use art to amplify opportunities to help our community get through this.
We are grateful to see Charlottseville coming together during this crisis to support each other – whether it’s working tirelessly to provide essential services, running or supporting local businesses, or when possible, doing our part by staying home. This week we began using drawing as a way of raising awareness on how to help our community while calming ourselves through art and service – such as volunteering or donating to help the PB&J Fund, Charlottesville City Schools, and the Charlottesville Food Justice Network to feed local schoolchildren, the important work of organizations such as the Blue Ridge Area Food bank to address food insecurity, and the need to support local small businesses.
Though uncertainty of the future looms strong, we take solace in knowing that we are all in this together and appreciate the opportunity to have moments to get outside and notice things we are normally rushing past.
We encourage you to take a deep breath and draw, to help yourself and to help our community. We hope you will join us in this strange journey we’re in…..tag @draw.charlottesville on Instagram or email us…