The Friends of West Baltimore Squares joined Augusta Fells Savage Institute for Visionary Arts staff and students for their AFSIVAscape art show and community food drop off on Thursday May 2, 2013. [AFSIVAscape is a play on the widely known and popular music and art festival in Baltimore called Artscape.]
The Friends donated a Nana Projects stilt walking workshop for 25 students, as well as offered students service learning hours to help clean-up Harlem Park before the event. Many of the students volunteered their time without accepting service learning hours and residents passing by also joined in to help gather trash and debris in Harlem Park. After over an hour of clean-up, both the park and the trash/debris that had collected underneath the school’s stadium bleachers were clear of all trash and ready for AFSIVAscape!
The students then returned to the school to put the finishing touches on the art show, to dance to the 92Q DJ who came out to support the school event, and to enjoy the food supplied by the Food Bank before coming back out for the two-hour Nana Project stilt walking workshop.
The majority of the students, teachers, and administrators came out to look-on and support their fellow classmates as they learned how to stilt walk. The students were complete naturals and were up and running around on stilts within minutes. As some students felt uneasy and their legs trembled, their classmates shouted out words of encouragements and offered a helping hand until all were up and moving around! It is safe to say that all enjoyed themselves in Harlem Park on this sunny, Spring day!
To see the full photo set of the event, click here.