GH-organized ArtPrize entry raises funds for West African students

West African students who attend school under a tree for lack of a school building were the inspiration for an ArtPrize entry that Ottawa Area Intermediate School District students helped create.
Oct 13, 2011


Organized by Fat Chix Coffee Cantina in Grand Haven, the entry titled “Korye United” was a performance venue that consisted of 3-D trees made of wooden discs, a stage and bucket drums. It was intended to benefit school building projects in Ghana and local art programs.

Mary Mitchell, owner of Fat Chix, invited students from OAISD’s Community Based Instruction program and Careerline Tech Center programs to help bring portions of the project to life.

“We participated in Art Prize last year and wanted to do something again,” Mitchell said. “This year, we decided to help raise money for schools in Ghana.”

Terry Goldberg, a teacher at the Grand Haven CBI, said 18 students painted discs for the trees.

“Each student researched an animal on the Internet, glued a picture of the animal on one side of a disc and wrote its name in a different language on the other side,” she said. “It gave them a sense of community and exposure to animals from around the world.”

Students from Careerline Tech Center’s visual communication, building trades and auto body programs participated in the creation of 31 drums for all who visit “Korye United” to play.

Sally Salkowski, a visual communications instructor at CTC, said: “When I learned CBI students were involved in the exhibit, I hoped my class could participate as well. After talking with Mary about what we do here at CTC, she suggested we work on the bucket drum portion of the project.”


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