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Beverly's Montserrat College to showcase artwork from collaborative program with Lynn Boys and Girls Club

Posted by Terri Ogan  August 9, 2013 11:00 AM

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Beverly's Montserrat College of Art will present a multi-faceted art exhibit, film screening, reception and panel discussion to conclude the "Here We Are!" Lynn Boys and Girls Club program collaboration, which wraps up next week.

The six-week enrichment program, which incorporated literacy and art, started on July 8 and will end with the presentation on Monday Aug. 12 and Tuesday Aug. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at 23 Essex St. The event is free and open to the public.

"The children loved the hands-on art and they were able to work with artists and loved the reading," said Susan Handler, community-engaged arts program manager at Montserrat. "They had never thought about reading a book and then using their imagination to create art in response to the book. This was very unique."

About 30 students from the Lynn area, ages 5 to 10, participated in the program, which met at the Congregation Ahabat Sholom in Lynn on Mondays and Tuesdays for two hours.

During those two hours, the students would create a visual interpretation of a children's book that instructors from Montserrat College read to them.

Art projects included collaging, clay work and even working with mammal fossils up to 3 million years old, Handler added.

The art exhibit will showcase a compilation of the students work that was created during the six-week program.

The collaborative program was funded in part by a grant from the Federal Work Study Reading Program, the Montserrat College of Art Outreach Connection and The REAL Program, which is the Lynn Boys and Girls Club's literacy provider.

For information about the event, contact Montserrat’s Community-Engaged Arts Program Manager, Susan Handler, at susan.handler@montserrat.edu or 978.921.4242 x1650.

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