Workshop with artist in residence encourages questions from children

Salina Art Center Artist in Residence Krista Wortendyke has worked with children at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church. Photos courtesy of the Salina Art Center “/>
Salina Art Center Artist-in-Residence Krista Wortendyke has worked with children at St. John’s Baptist Missionary Church. Photos courtesy of the Salina Art Center

Local children recently asked “thoughtful and amazing” questions through art.

Salina Art Center Artist-in-Residence Krista Wortendyke led a workshop at St. John’s Baptist Missionary Church MADD Camp July 6-8. Camp kids spend time during MADD Camp exploring music, art, dance, and drama.

Wortendyke explained, “After George Floyd’s protests in Chicago last summer, many storefronts were boarded up. In the Wicker Park neighborhood, those little pieces of 4×4 plywood were leaning against light poles and brackets. bikes that had messages on them. They felt like they were dropped off anonymously. The MADD camp project was based on the idea of ​​these signs. “

Wortendyke asked the children to think of a question they would like to ask the world if they had a chance to ask something.

“They asked really thoughtful and amazing questions like, ‘What if racism didn’t exist?’ “Are you suppressing your emotions?” “What if I change my current situation?” The questions were really powerful, ”she said

The questions, painted on plywood panels, are on display at the Salina Art Center until July 25.

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“I could see that the ability to ask questions and know they were going to come out into the world was important for the kids,” Wortendyke said. “They took the job seriously, and I could see they were excited to have a voice. Once they are on display, campers will head to the Art Center to see their work in the exhibit. Lots of children have I haven’t been to the Art Center, so I hope this will introduce them to the space and become regular visitors. “

Wortendyke’s works are exhibited at the Art Center as part of Dissonance and resonance: four photographers until July 25. The public is invited to attend a closing reception featuring guest curator Terry Evans on July 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Evans is scheduled to speak at 6 p.m.