January 26, 2015
Piedmont Arts has permanently installed 37 mobiles in local schools and businesses as part of Mobilizing Our Community, a four-week mobile-making artist residency sponsored by the museum.
“We are excited to bring these student-made works of art to the community,” said Barbara Parker, Piedmont Arts director of programs. “Their presence will be a wonderful reminder of the hard work of our talented students and the support of the community.”
Students from Martinsville City Public Schools, Henry County Public Schools, Carlisle School and homeschooled students participated in Piedmont Arts’ Mobilizing Our Community, which was facilitated by mobile artist Kevin Reese.
During the residency, Reese worked with students to design and create a total of 49 mobiles, 37 of which have been permanently placed in local schools and businesses that provided support for the program. Other mobiles have been purchased by local residents.
“I am thrilled to bring Mobilizing Our Community to Martinsville-Henry County,” Reese said. “Mobiles are a perfect metaphor for community: individual shapes of different sizes and colors, balanced, in relationship, creating a wonderful whole."
Piedmont Arts Executive Director Kathy Rogers said Mobilizing Our Community would not have been possible without the support of many sponsors. “Piedmont Arts would like to thank all the businesses, organizations and individuals who sponsored this program and who helped raise $28,000 to bring Mobilizing Our Community to Martinsville-Henry County,” Rogers said. “Their support has truly made a lasting contribution to arts education in our community.”
Support came from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, United Way of Henry County and Martinsville, Dominion, RTI International Metals, Hooker Furniture, Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County, Chick-fil-A, W.W. Sale Foundation, Lucy P. Sale Foundation, Charity League of Martinsville and Henry County, The Lester Group and the Kathryn Ascough Smith Arts Education Fund of Piedmont Arts.
Mobiles which will remain on view to the public are at all 19 schools in Martinsville-Henry County, Piedmont Arts, Martinsville YMCA (donated by the Charity League), United Way, Memorial Hospital, Patrick Henry Community College’s J. Burness Frith Economic Development Center, New College Institute and the Virginia Commission for the Arts in Richmond.
Mobiles installed in non-public facilities are at The Lester Group offices, Hooker Furniture’s Customer Service Center, Chick-fil-A, RTI, Taco Bell and private residences
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