Boiler Bytes: Galleries Art Cart

Boiler Bytes: Galleries Art Cart


>>I’m here with the Director of Purdue University’s
galleries, Craig Martin. Craig, can you tell us
exactly what Art Cart is?>>Craig Martin: [Chuckles]
Art Cart is essentially a book mobile for art and it
gives us the opportunity to take activities and
supplies out into the community and provide kids with a chance
to make art on their for free. It started as an opportunity
for us to bring classes here, to the gallery, so they
could see art in person and they can appreciate
it better than looking at it in books. But, unfortunately, field
trips have been curtailed, along with other budget cuts, so we have been taking
it out of the community. But, for the last two
years we have sort of been a little hampered
by an unreliable van. So, through the generosity of
North Central Health Services and Tippecanoe Arts Federation,
and the community at large, we just recently received a
grant to purchase a new van, a high capacity vehicle
that we can now take it out into the community
and do this.>>The Tippecanoe Arts
Federation works with funders, like, in this case, North
Central Health Services, and we find organizations
that are worthy of funding. And, Purdue Galleries have
been in an application and we really liked
what they were doing and we knew it was
very important, and we knew the funder
would appreciate it as well. Art Cart, specifically,
really helps us get out into the community. It’s an awesome service
that they are providing. It’s a really cool program. The kids really dig it and
it’s an educational service. The kids don’t even realize
they are being educated. It’s a great thing
that Purdue is doing and we extremely appreciate
the help that they give to us in meeting the needs
of our community.>>Craig Martin: It’s
vital, in this day and age, when arts activities are
being cut back as seemingly as unnecessary or extras in
school, that we recognize that art has an incredible
application to all studies, all curriculum. Art and music have
incredible basis to affect students’
understanding of English and sciences and
technology and math. It’s a visual record of
who we are as a culture and what we believe in and
how things change over time. The outreach is a very high
priority at the university. And, for us, to be able to
reach out into the community and [inaudible] materials
and artwork and creativity to young people, it really
makes an incredible impact when you see their works;
when you see what they do through the art program. Something they have accomplished
without anyone else’s hand in it, it’s all purely theirs. These young children,
their eyes really light up when they have an
artwork that they have made on their own, with their own
hands, and they walk away with. It really is enriching.>>With their new set of wheels,
a continued passion that Craig and his fellow art
enthusiast’s show, the message and the lessons for the
arts will not falter from the grounds of
Purdue University. For Boeller [phonetic]
Bites, I’m Tyler Carter.

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