FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 8, 2008
Ilene Adams, Director of Marketing & Public Relations 561.832.1776 x 21
ARMORY ART CENTER ANNOUNCES THE UNVEILLING OF WALLTOGETHER – PHASE II
(West Palm Beach, Fla.) After over two years of planning, hard work and many, many young assistants, Lesley Davison, who has served as project coordinator for the Armory Art Center’s “Walltogether” project is about to unveil Phase II. Phase II added an additional 300 square feet of mosaic to the original Phase I section, illustrating the theme of the Environment.
The unveiling reception is Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 12:00 noon at the wall behind The Armory Art Center, adjacent to Howard Park. All of the children who participated are invited, as well as friends, families and supporters.
Phase II of “WallTogether” was made possible by a grant form the Palm Beach Country Club Foundation, The Community Foundation and Rush Philanthropic Foundation and Publix Supermarket Charities. “WallTogether,” a project initially funded by a $25,000 grant from the Community Foundation’s Mosaic Fund was made possible by monies raised during the Palm Beach! America’s International Fine Art & Antique Fair’s 2006 Vernissage.
The tile mural project was designed to teach basic mural design and ceramic tile making skills, to foster a sense of teamwork among a diverse core group of teens, and to build pride in an artistic work product that is shared by the entire community.
The mission of this project was to involve area youth and to channel their creative energies into positive outlets. With the guidance of the Armory’s team, lead by Davison, the youths learned all aspects of creating a tile mural as well as being guided toward positive behavior and away from destructive behavior.
Davison, along with Armory faculty artists, worked with children and teenagers from public and private schools, as well as with children from all socio-economic levels, to come up with the design, create tiles, and assemble the tiles on the outside wall of the Armory’s Muriel S. Kaplan building - visible from Howard Park and Parker Avenue in West Palm Beach. Groups of children worked after school and on Saturdays, beginning in 2006 until the recent completion last week. Nearly 500 children from a diverse population all over Palm beach County participated in the project.
The Armory Art Center is a not-for-profit community-based visual arts center providing opportunities for individual growth, self-expression, increased awareness and appreciation of the arts through participation in studio, exhibition, lecture and other educational programs. The Center seeks to educate, enrich and engage a diverse population through the "experience of art," and is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council. For more information on the Armory Art Center and call 561.832.1776 ext. 21 or visit the Armory’s website at www.armoryart.org.