ArtReach students collaborate with 30 Americans artist Nina Chanel Abney on mural at THEARC

November 7, 2011

ArtReach: Nina Chanel Abney from Corcoran Gallery of Art on Vimeo.

In early October, 30 Americans artist Nina Chanel Abney visited the ArtReach Studio at THEARC (1901 Mississippi Ave. SE) and collaborated with the students on a mural depicting a New York City subway traveling through the halls of the community center. See photos from the artistic collaboration, watch a video of the students at work with Abney, and read more about the experience on the ArtReach blog.

“I think it’s great to help young artists because they might not normally get to go to a museum or get to paint with an actual professional artist,” said Nina Chanel Abney. Abney, born in Chicago in 1982, received her BFA in 2004 from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, and her MFA in 2007 from Parsons the New School for Design. Her work is in view at the Kravets/Wehby Gallery in New York City.

Melissa Green, Director of Community Partnerships at the Corcoran, said, “Nina Chanel Abney created a terrific framework for dialogue and creativity. The ArtReach students responded with original ideas and enthusiastic energy for putting their personal stamp on the wall.”

Nina Chanel Abney (second from right) with ArtReach students at THEARC

About ArtReach
ArtReach, the Corcoran’s community art program, is celebrating its 20th year of high-quality visual arts education for the youth in our community. The program extends the resources of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the College of Art + Design to the diverse neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. Partnering with community organizations around the city, we provide after-school programs, summer classes, and workshops to underserved youth and their families. The program serves more than 300 students a year.

Officially opened in October 2005, The Town Hall Education, Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) is a $27 million, 110,000 square-foot campus located east of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC’s Ward 8. THEARC was built and is operated by Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR) a nonprofit 501-c-3 organization. Funding for building THEARC ($27 million) came entirely from charitable contributions by the Federal and District government, corporations, foundations and individuals. THEARC is a key part of a revitalization of the area known as East of the (Anacostia) River in Washington, DC.

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