Our volunteers are busy helping us prepare for our annual appeal mailing, which is a little different this year. Newman's Own Foundation has invited AMP to participate in an online holiday giving challenge, which means that every dollar donated by our supporters from November 21–January 3 gives AMP the chance to win grant money from the foundation! So even though you'll be receiving an envelope with the mailing, we hope that you'll contribute to our online campaign instead. Stay tuned for details--and the link to give--on Tuesday. Thanks for your support!
AMP's Art House is getting that much closer to being ready for our education programs, thanks to our many friends at Arconic. Construction on the mill building continues, and with the revived space in the house, we'll be able to offer several new programs in the coming months. Stay tuned!
Ellen just finished the Liberty Triangle plywood template, which serves as a cutting guide for the marble. The actual marble colors--three in total--will be very close in contrast.
We are fortunate to have two amazing interns this fall. You "met" Stephanie last week, and this week we're introducing Paige, a student at Western New England University, whose picture shows her comfort behind the camera.
"Photography has always been a huge part of my life. Somewhere along the road my passion for photography expanded to a passion for film. Ever since, film has impacted me everyday in every way. I love the way it tells a story through a different point of view, allowing each individual viewer to interpret it in their own way. With film we can do so much good for our world and that's exactly what I'm striving for. I am so happy to be a part of the American Mural Project's team and to help get out these incredible stories of these amazing people through all different forms of art, including film. In the spring, I will be studying abroad in Greece for 4 months. While I'm there, I will be continuing to study within my major, Psychology, and my minor, Film, as well as traveling throughout Greece, Italy, England, and hopefully Ireland."
Stephanie is AMP’s newest intern from Northwestern Community College in Winsted (on left in picture), and originally hails from Puerto Rico. Learn more about her, in her own words:
“I love doing things that are out of my comfort zone, which is a lot of things. My friend, Brianna, and I had just gotten down from an obstacle course when this picture was taken. We were up in a tree that was about 20 feet up in the air, and we were held only by safety ropes as we walked across two tightropes while our hands were intertwined in order to not fall down. When we were doing this, I was the first to raise my hand to volunteer, even though it looked super scary. After the experience I felt that I had accomplished something I may not get the chance to do again, and I was glad I put my fears aside to do that.
After I finish at Northwestern in December, I want to continue my education (not sure where yet…I’ve applied to four schools) and study International Relations. I love helping others, and I want to travel the world doing so.”
Ellen and Christine just returned from the Connecticut Art Education Association (CAEA) fall conference, where they met and worked with many teachers to create their own “work” drawings, which were then collaged into these great pieces. (We love seeing images of “creativity at work”!) Several of these teachers are interested in having their schools work with AMP on future projects. Send us a message if you’d like more information, too!
Ellen is working on the next piece of the mural, creating the pattern for the liberty section.