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  • Writer's picturePamela Lawton

Building Community through Printmaking

In June 2017 participants from the Boys and Girls Club at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, their art teachers, and art/art education students from VCU engaged in co-narrative inquiry through a collaborative printmaking project.

After engaging in applied theatre techniques facilitated by Dr. Tawnya Pettiford Wates, theatre faculty at VCU, participants created a word web on their thoughts about the Richmond community. In thinking about what makes the RVA community unique, railroads and the river emerged. Working in two intergenerational groups of six, participants connected their ideas on community through incorporating either the railroads or the river into their design. Each group decided how their woodblocks would be placed for printing. We then spent a Saturday printing the images in the parking lot of the Neighborhood Community Center using a steamroller for a press.

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