Watson Chronicle

WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Programs for P-12 Students

1,000 Students Create Artwork for Community Boys and Girls Club

Friday, November 04, 2016

This spring, WCE professor Janna Robertson led a community-wide effort to enliven and reinvigorate a section of downtown Wilmington with a ‘Forest of DREAMS’ mural at Dreams of Wilmington. Over the summer, the project was extended to include the Community Boys and Girls Club located a short distance away.

Habitat for Humanity, Support the Port, the Blue Ribbon Commission and the City of Wilmington started the clean-up and beautification project. CBGCW president Wayne Lofton, director of operations Nadya Saleh, board member Michael Long and more than 100 community members assisted in the effort, which involved repair of a fence and cleanup of grounds surrounding the youth organization.

This fall, as part of an EDN 414 project introduced by WCE faculty members Christine Liao and Georgie Bramley, 51 Watson College students worked with elementary school children in New Hanover and Pender counties to create artwork for CBGCW’s newly repaired fence.

More than 1,000 children participated in the project. The students designed trees and a variety of creatures including fishes and sea turtles from recycled materials. 

On Nov. 14, students enrolled in Robertson’s EDN 203 course met at the Community Boys and Girls Club to create a new ‘Community Dreams Forest’ with artwork designed by the children.

EDN 414 is an Arts Integration course for undergraduate students enrolled in WCE’s elementary education program. EDN 203 is an undergraduate educational psychology course.

The students enjoyed “making something for someone else and participating in efforts to enhance the local community,” Robertson said. The artwork will be on display for a year or more and Robertson hopes WCE will continue to partner with local elementary schools to support community art projects.

About the Community Boys and Girls Club

The mission of the Community Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington is to inspire and enable young people, especially youth from disadvantaged circumstances and backgrounds, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens that achieve their highest goals. The organization serves more than 800 youth with after school and summer programs focused on the arts, character and leadership development, education, health and life skills, and sports and recreation.

For more information visit the Community Boys & Girls Club website at www.cbgcw.org.