“Through My Eyes” – Another Successful Common Ground Pop Up Event

Written by Arts on the Block on . Posted in Common Ground, Events

Common Ground: “Through My Eyes”

July 26th, AOB’s fifth annual pop-up event showcased another successful season of art making and civic engagement in the Carroll Avenue/Quebec Terrace (CAQT) community. In partnership with the Gandhi Brigade, the YMCA and the Trawick Foundation, Arts on the Block strives to achieve positive community change through the arts in this underserved Silver Spring neighborhood.

This year, in addition to spoken word performances and an expansive display of mosaic pavers and glazed window paintings, local teens shared their experience in helping to design a working rain and reading garden for the YMCA Community Center, featuring illuminated stepping stones they are creating for the final installation next year.

Learn more about  the “Through My Eyes” event and Common Ground, here.

Counting UP, Counting Down

Written by Jan on . Posted in Carroll Avenue Quebec Terrace, Common Ground

“Wow – is this really a COLLEGE?” one incredulous middle school student was overheard saying as she floated down the hallway of the Cafritz Foundation Art Center (Silver Spring/Takoma Park campus of Montgomery College) towards the ceramics classroom. College-age students were just emptying out in preparation for a visit from the dozen or so middle and high school-aged youth from the Carroll Avenue Quebec Terrace community in Long Branch who visited the school on April 13. Not only was it the first-ever introduction to a college campus for most, but it was a first date with extra-cool Professor J.J. McCracken. 2013-04-13 15.28.22

In no time, 4” tall numbers were being snapped out of freshly-rolled porcelain clay in hefty copper cookie cutters. An hour or so after arriving, over 200 individual numbers were being painted with glaze and prepared for a special “single fire” process. The beautiful white objects emerged from the kiln a week later, itching to be popped into mosaic address plaques which will be constructed by Common Ground participants this summer.

Our many thanks to the wonderful folks at Montgomery College, and the YMCA and AOB staff members who made this memorable adventure possible!

As of the date of this posting, the spring session has ended and the count down to the summer season has begun. Please return back to this blog often to catch up on developments at CAQT!

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