Monday, Oct. 16, 2017
During Global Citizen Week, Max Levi Frieder, an Art & Art Education doctoral student, international artist, co-founder and co director of Artolution—an international community-based public arts network dedicated to participatory, collaborative art making—showcased a new short stirring documentary about Artolution’s work in the Azraq Syrian Refugee Camp. Set on the backdrop of New York’s Central Park to an audience of 60,000 people and 1 million people around the world, Hugh Jackman presented the film as an introduction to Michelle Obama’s speech on the importance of education in emergencies for children globally. The film documents the psych-social support programming that Artolution provides to Syrian refugee children in Jordan through community-based public arts murals and recycled musical sculpture projects.
At TC, Max has worked with Judith Burton, Professor of Art Education, to systematically measure the impact of his past projects with an eye toward securing funding for future undertakings. “Max has already offered us models of extraordinary community collaborations made possible through the arts that challenge us at TC to envision these and our future efforts in this direction in terms of ‘education beyond the classroom,’” Burton says. “Not only are the murals he inspires aesthetically magnificent, they are also trenchant commentaries on lives and relationships that radiate beyond their makers enticing others to reflect deeply on the world in which they live.”
Watch the short documentary above or on YouTube.