Runaway Art

posted Nov 29, 2017, 7:13 AM by Suzannah Ohring

Why is it important for individuals to have a say in the history written about their life stories? This is one of the essential questions faced by 7th grade students as part of their experience with Runaway Art this month.  RUNAWAY ART: Interpreting Colonial Slave Ads is an innovative social studies and visual arts curriculum which uses authentic 18th-century runaway slave ads as a springboard for students to learn the history of enslavement in the North. Though empathy and creativity, students develop an original artwork and statement.  WSC 7th graders enjoyed five sessions with a guest teaching artist who shared her own passion about this topic while teaching different artistic techniques to bring a person's story to life. Students then presented their artwork in a classroom gallery. The program is sponsored by Historic Hudson Valley in collaboration with The Center for Arts Education, and funded by the Brooke Astor Fund for New York City Education in The New York Community Trust.