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15th Anniversary Alley Art Project: Public Ribbon Cutting and Celebration

Friday, August 18, 2023

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Free and open to the public
Location: Marconi Lodge, 26 W Pulteney St, Corning, NY 14830

Join us in celebrating the 15th mural of the Alley Art Project that celebrates youth heroes in our community. Witness the unveiling of the mural, meet the student artists and designers, and check out the latest mural up close.

In collaboration with the High School Learning Center (HSLC) of the Corning-Painted Post Area School District and SUNY Corning Community College (CCC), students worked with Teaching Mural Artist Sarah C. Rutherford to design the latest Alley Art Project mural. The 2023 mural highlights the significant impact of young people empowering and influencing society. Rockwell Collection artist Martine Gutierrez is the source of inspiration for this year’s mural project. The theme explores who a hero can be and how heroes show up in our personal lives, the community and the world.

Created by Artist Sarah C. Rutherford

About the Alley Art Project

The Alley Art Project is a special collaboration between The Rockwell Museum, the High School Learning Center (HSLC) of the Corning-Painted Post Area School District and SUNY Corning Community College (CCC).

Each year, students create individual works of art that evolve into components of one cohesive mural design that is painted in the Corning community. Students earn arts credits and community service hours toward their high school diploma or college transcript by participating in the mural design course held at the Museum. Students spend time with professional artists and Rockwell educators to research, study art in The Rockwell’s collection, learn about symbolism and design and explore aspects of individual and community identity. The Alley Art Project supports students through the vigorous process of designing and producing public art – all the while cultivating a sense of belonging in the community.  There is emphasis on developing citizenship skills and civic pride by sharing public art with the wider region. The holistic program integrates using the arts for exploration and expression without judgment, fostering safe dialogue and developing a stronger sense of self.

Public art transcends the boundaries of the museum walls and makes art accessible to everyone. The Rockwell believes that public art has the power to bring people together, encourage conversation, share diverse perspectives and ignite the imagination. With ongoing feedback from community residents and leaders, this program increases the potential for academic success as confidence and wellbeing improves. The Alley Art Project is an excellent opportunity for students to strengthen their connection to the community in which they live and meaningfully contribute to the aesthetics of the city.

The 2023 Alley Art Project is generously supported by The Triangle Fund, by The Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc. and by Guthrie.

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