Sunday, June 2, 2019

Changing Perspectives: An Exhibition & Performance Collaboration

"Changing Perspectives:  
An Exhibition & Performance Collaboration"

Art and performances by the Camas High School
 Integrated Arts and Academics (IAA) program students.

Second Story Gallery hosts high school students in June with an exhibit of their work and special performances June 7 during the First Friday event sponsored by the Downtown Camas Association. 

The original entertainment, "Field Trip Friday," is a brief, interactive and immersive performance engaging the public with the student art that will be unveiled that night.  Gallery visitors may take part by meeting student actors in the library entry at 5:15, 6:15 or 7:15 p.m. and entering into the experience of this unique improvisational piece.  For those who prefer to be on their own, they will be able to visit the gallery and the refreshment table as usual during the opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

"The opportunity for student artists and actors to collaborate is rare, and these Integrated Arts & Academics (IAA) students were passionate about their chosen 'spine' or underlying theme for their work," commented Gina Mariotti Shapard, IAA Program Leader. The unifying theme of the collaboration, "Changing Perspectives,” is about students' evolving perspectives from childhood to where they are now and how they are influenced by their environment, family, school, peers and culture. 

She said the students concluded through their discussions that everyone has underlying similarities, and what is needed in our society is acceptance and the understanding gained through knowing each other more deeply.

After deciding on their theme, the visual artists created paintings, drawings, altered books, and sculptures that will be exhibited in the Gallery during June.  With the subject in mind, the actors participated in a residency led by Heather Kahl, theatre director at Riverside Performing Arts.  They devised their original piece, "Field Trip Friday," to connect with the visual art in the gallery.  They will perform it interactively with visitors who want to participate during the opening reception, at one of the three intervals of 5:15, 6:15 or 7:15 pm. The free performances run approximately 30 minutes and will begin inside the library's front door where student actors will gather their participants.
"Showing and performing their art publicly at Second Story Gallery is a lifetime opportunity for these young artists," said Mariotti Shapard.  "I am heartened by their courage and willingness to be vulnerable with their art."  The IAA program in Camas High School includes students in grades 9-12 who take select academic classes in which the visual and performing arts are integrated for deeper understanding. The program focuses on creativity, critical thinking, and community.

These 10th graders are getting ready for their devised theatre performance at Second Story Gallery for First Friday.  Students from the Integrated Arts and Academics program at Camas High School not only have created the artwork for the June exhibition, they are offering a new type of immersive theatre experience to engage with the public at three different times during the opening night reception. "Field Trip Friday," their own work, will start in the library entryway at 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. for those who want to participate for about 30 minutes.