Freedom Bound: Creating A Public Art Project
Thursday, 10:30 - 10:45 am
This presentation explores the process of creating digital public art with college art students. It covers collaborating among artists and across academic disciplines, partnering between K-12 teachers and college professors, involving students in public art, and balancing content and technology in the curriculum. The Freedom Bound project is an interdisciplinary collaboration about the Underground Railroad in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania by art professor Lynn Estomin, visiting artist Stephen Marc, historian Mamie Sweeting Diggs, and Lycoming College commercial design and photography students. The project consists of five large-scale digital banners that function as "moveable billboards" on local history and an interactive web site (www.lycoming.edu/underground) featuring oral history stories and original animation and photography. The banners and web site are the centerpiece of an interdisciplinary K-12 art and history curriculum currently in use in the Williamsport, Pennsylvania public schools.