“Artist in the Community” Students Give Back to Community Through Art Projects

November 29, 2021 Daniel DiPrinzio

Paskell and students in Artist in Community course

Paskell and students in Artist in Community course

Linda Ruth Paskell ’81, ’96MEd, adjunct professor in the School of Education at Arcadia University, each year leads students in giving back to the community through art. In place of their usual "Art of the Syllabus" event on campus through the Artist in the Community course, Paskell and her students held three individual "site shows" to honor the work of students and their continually growing relationship with the community. 

In the "LOVE" project, students designed "Community Giveback" art to encourage Hope Garden Inter-Faith Housing Alliance residents and their families in Ambler. Alliance director Marsha Eichelberger met students at Paskell’s home to talk about the shelter and receive the group’s gifts for people who are currently homeless. The group then had an "art day" in Paskell’s studio to celebrate.

Arcadia students also made “butterflies” with students with Down Syndrome from Our Lady of Confidence School in Willow Grove. Feet were traced to make wings as Arcadia students learned about bilateral symmetry and teamwork. An "opening exhibit" was held at the school and attended by parents and other students. 

Finally, the students engaged with friends from Active Day, a provider of adult day care services, who have cerebral palsy. Together, group members created mandalas on vinyl. Active Day representatives are starting an "Arcadia—Active Day" gallery at their facility to display the work created together.

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