A perennial favorite, Ray Pfortner’s Encaustics residency with VAIS is on display in the lobby of the Kay White Hall during the month of June. The students were prolific – 195 pieces are exhibited from 3 McMurray classes, showing the range of creativity and skill the students developed. First Friday opening, June 1st, 6-9pm.
Kamishibai on Display
At the Blue Heron 5th grade work in the Japanese storytelling art of Kamishibai is adorning our walls through June. Students worked with artists Roxy Hathaway and Nancy Scott Wienker in this VAIS residency, writing a personal family story then painting 3 scenes in a unique watercolor wash technique to illustrate the action and emotion. Like all good storytelling, these pieces are meant to be read aloud. Kamishibai has its roots in the 8thcentury when Buddhist monks used picture scrolls to teach history, and the Chautauqua students’ work shows just how timeless art can be with funny and touching stories from their own modern lives. First Friday opening, Blue Heron, June 1st, 6-8pm.
World Premiere Performance Piece
Thursday, June 7th, 7:30pm come watch the world premiere of an original performance piece by VHS students! In this VAIS residency Stephen Floyd’s Theatre Arts students worked with Maria Glanz and Elizabeth Klob of UMO to develop a new work of ensemble-generated devised theatre. Dive into the hearts of these writers and performers as they explore the universal, opposing themes of isolation/connection, shame/self-acceptance, and anxiety/confidence.
VAIS Awarded NEA Grant
We are thrilled to announce Vashon Artists in Schools has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant for the 2018-19 school year! We are honored to be recognized for the hard work Vashon’s teaching artists and classroom teachers do every day to holistically engage our island’s kids through deep arts learning.
The NEA has awarded $80 million dollars in funding to organizations across the country in this second round of Art Works grants and specifically supports projects that “focus on creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.” We are so grateful to the NEA and Chairman Jane Chu for their support!