MFA in Studio Art faculty member Jennie Shanker and the Center for Discovery, Inc., has been awarded a $70,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant supports CENTERpieces, a series of site-specific artworks created in abandoned buildings and empty lots throughout the Catskills region. Curators Julie Courtney and Shanker will work with artists Allan Wexler, Richard Torchia, Shay Church, and Ann Hamilton to develop each site. Artists will have the opportunity to work freely to create works that celebrate the history, community, and vitality of the area, and promote tourism within the region.
The Center for Discovery is an organization renowned for the educational, clinical, residential, social and creative arts experiences it provides to children and adults with significant intellectual disabilities and medical frailties. What distinguishes The Center is its philosophy of creating challenging, accessible, healthy, loving, supportive and homelike educational and work settings in which the children and adults can develop relationships, learn and grow, and foster new social and artistic skills. The agency’s mission is to offer these individuals and their families innovative educational and social experiences, enriching their lives through personal growth. The end result is increased independence and improved interpersonal abilities for each individual. For more information, see: www.catskillcenterpieces.blogspot.com.