The Museum of Work & Culture will be the canvas for a temporary art installation by Riverzedge Arts and The Tape Art Crew, a group of public artists who create large scale murals with colored tape.
On Monday, August 7, the teen artists will work with young people on the autism spectrum as part of the MoWC’s Made-to-Order Monday program. Together, they will create a temporary exhibit on the walls and floors of the changing gallery space.
On August 7 and 8, Riverzedge will complete the installation of the exterior mural, which will be on display August 9 and 10 before being removed in a community event on August 11.
Michael Townsend and Leah Smith of The Tape Art Crew have served as mentors for students from Riverzedge Arts as they design, create, and install their work at the MoWC.
Riverzedge’s Tape Art project is made possible through an National Endowment for the Arts Art Work Award that is supporting a one-year “Artist in Experience” project in the Public Art Lab. The Artist in Experience project enables the teen artists in the Public Art Lab to commission three public art mentors to work collaboratively with them to design, fabricate, and install public art and sculpture in the city of Woonsocket. The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 disciplines or fields.
“The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society,” NEA Chairman Jane Chu said. “Supporting projects like the one from Riverzedge offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”