Dancing Chairs & Painted Feet: Creativity Unleashed exhibit will be on display through February 27, 2016. The Arts Center will showcase works of art created in its Art for Life program. Four monumental artworks, each 12’ x 15’, and a video of how they were created will be premiered in the gallery. A reception is scheduled for Wednesday, February 3 at 5pm and will feature dancer Margreat Sam and culinary treats from India.
Yes, I am Free: The Inspiration of Dance and Paint video highlights a one-of-a-kind special project within the North Dakota Council on the Arts’ Art for Life Program. The program seeks to combat senses of loneliness, boredom, and helplessness and to improve the emotional and physical health of elders in care facilities through intensive arts and artist interaction. The project combined four types of traditional or folk dance and a mobile painting device to create four massive 12’ x 15’ contemporary paintings. Imagine elders leaving marks on the canvas with their feet, canes, and walkers dipped in paint as they dance upon the canvas. Then imagine a “fifth wheel” attached to a wheelchair to allow people with mobility issues, some quadriplegic, to create broad calligraphic brushstrokes upon that same canvas. By joining the creative talents of highly mobile traditional artists with people in eldercare facilities who may have limited mobility, some greatly limited, by using adaptive technology, and by working together to create artistic works on a grand scale that are both traditional and contemporary, visual and performance, the elders move beyond their limitations, both real and perceived, both self-imposed and imposed upon them. To watch the video visit https://vimeopro.com/user14965043/north-dakota-council-on-the-arts; or https://youtu.be/dnskUCk5fyk.
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