Save the Date for Memory Garden Sculpture Project at Arcade Campus Center

Student Artists Work With Griffis Park
Community members of all ages should save the date for the Memory Garden Sculpture Design Project at Genesee Community College’s Arcade Campus Center on May 1, 2009. The event will take place at the Arcade Campus Center, 25 Edward Street, Arcade, from 7:00 PM until all the moulds are cast. The first pour will take place shortly after sunset, at approximately 8:30 PM.

Students from Genesee’s ART127: 3D Design course at the Arcade Campus Center will be participating in a molten metal pour, aided by the expertise and mobile equipment of Griffis Sculpture Park from Ashford Hollow, NY. Under the Ashford Hollow Foundation, which features Griffis Sculpture Park, the organization promotes the visual and performing arts by sponsoring exhibitions and performances, such as the Arcade Campus Center Memory Garden. This semester students will compete to create a design for the sculpture that will ultimately be on display in a Memory Garden on the Arcade campus. The students are also creating smaller individual sculptures for their art class projects.

Community members are invited to attend and observe the casting free of charge. Any community member who would like to create a casting should contact Mary Lyn Nutting at the Arcade Campus Center by the end of February.

Griffis Sculpture Park, located in Ashford Hollow, NY, is the United States' largest outdoor sculpture park. Throughout the park's 400 acres, over 250 sculptures reside in fields, trails, forests, even in ponds. Throughout the years, the park was developed to showcase a growing art collection. Besides numerous monumental pieces created by founder Larry Griffis, Jr., the park is home to dozens of international sculptors. For more information on Griffis Sculpture Park visit www.griffispark.org.

“By working with the staff and artists at Griffis Park, and by involving our students in the creation of our Memory Garden, we are teaching our students about much more than sculpture,” Deborah DiNoto, dean of the Arcade Campus Center said. “They are learning about the value of making community connections and how what they are working on today will be remembered and appreciated by others years to come. It is showing them how to make a positive difference in their own community.”

Further information will be forthcoming, but save Friday May 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM for the Memory Garden Sculpture Design Project at Genesee’s Arcade Campus, located at 25 Edward Street, Arcade, 585/492-5265.
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