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Armory Art Center Announces Walltogether Project
(West Palm Beach, Fla.) Alyx Kellington will serve as project coordinator for the Armory Art Center’s “WallTogether,” a project funded in part by a grant from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, according to Therese Shehan, executive director for the Armory.
The $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 inaugural grant from this fund was awarded to the Armory for its WallTogether project
In an effort to control, prevent and eliminate graffiti, WallTogether will be a large-scale tile mural designed and executed by at-risk teenagers and children from the greater West Palm Beach community. The mission of this project is to involve area youth and to channel their creative energies into positive outlets. With the guidance of the Armory’s team, lead by Kellington, the youth will learn all aspects of creating a tile mural as well as being guided toward positive behavior and away from destructive behavior.
Kellington, along with Armory faculty artists, will begin working with children and teenagers 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 will work after school and on Saturdays starting in late September until the project is completed late Spring 2007.
Kellington is currently the special projects coordinator for the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. Other projects she has worked on include Second Saturdays in Season Walk, Lake Worth; Boys & Girls Club gallery reception and national arts competition, Austin, TX; SubTropics Festival, Miami; and Tigertail Productions Florida/Brazil Festival, Miami. She is currently a committee member for the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival.
“Alyx is an amazing artist in her own right – her experience and interests make her a great fit for this project,” said Shehan. “We are grateful for this grant and are very excited for the children to start creating the mosaic. The youth involved will learn from Alyx and the rest of the team.”
A new philanthropic endowment at the Community Foundation, the Mosaic Fund will support the visual and performing arts through grants to other area nonprofit organizations. The endowment from the Palm Beach! fair is dedicated to funding the development of new artistic endeavors; the advancement, interpretation, and appreciation of the arts; and the use of the arts as a tool to enhance the development of life skills, according to Dr. Michael Mezzatesta, Palm Beach! fair director.
"We are so delighted that the first Mosaic Fund grant has been awarded to the Armory Art Center for the WallTogether project,” said Mezzatesta. “We look forward to watching the children’s progress as they enliven the city and park with art."
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.