[Context to these programs in lieu of critiques by the press and others of WHP: Watts Towers Art Center hosted excellent art programs for children during the summer months but, given the limited space and the additional children bused in from outside of the area, many children in the neighborhood were not allowed to participate. This is reason we decided to host art programs for these children.]
In my second summer at WHP in 2011 I expanded the Summer Family Art Series by making it bigger: more artists, more kids, and more fun! As the year before these classes were geared towards creativity, the environment, agency, and the interplay of space, ecology and use. This year I asked Edgar Arceneaux, Raul Curiel, and some outstanding artists interns – Sarah Loyer, Marvella Muro, Jason Leith, and Christine Fuchs to help realize the projects. I also coordinated with a nutrition summer program to drop off healthy lunches for the children.
Watts is a windy place! At one point, there was even talk of building wind turbines in the area. The kite making class, organized with Edgar, inspired the children to engage with their environment and natural resources. We never got around to testing the kites but they did look very beautiful!