Spelman Summer Arts Colony has success in Panama

July 8, 2008 · Print This Article

artcolony2008.jpgThe Spelman College Summer Art Colony 2008 was a success. Art Colony residents included Spelman College students: Destineé Williams, Racheal Hawthorn and Amber Richardson; as well as alumna Ashley Coleman, C’2006, Ph.D. student in religion at Emory University; Bree Simmons, assistant director, Outing Club, Bowdoin College; and Clyde Bango, Bates College.

This year’s Art Colony residents constructed a sustainable architectural structure at Las Orquídeas Environmental Sculpture Park as well as individual projects such as biodegrable sculptures and installations, paintings, photography and performance art. They participated in an exchange of art and ideas with a group of young Panamanian artists, visited the Panama Canal, The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute at Galeta Point, danced with the Congitos of Portobelo, and conducted research on religious traditions in Colon.

Spelman colleagues who visited and participated in the project included: Professor Ralph Paul Thomason, department of drama & dance, Danielle Bascelli, multimedia coordinator of the Comprehensive Writing Program, and Sherry Turner, Ph.D., vice president of Student Affairs. Visitors included: Dr. Umi Vaughan, Morehouse, C’96, assistant professor of Africana Studies, California State University Monterey Bay; Marta Sanchez, Spelman, C’97; Jorge Ventocilla, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (retired), and Beth King, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Education).


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