About the Project
In 2009, the Pauline Robinson Branch Library received a grant from the Urban Arts Project! Their art piece was installed inside the building, and used deleted books as a sculptural medium for three-dimensional art. The teen artists dreamed big about creative ways to use colorful books to liven up the library. The books that were used were worn-out, their information outdated, they're torn or marked inside – but they were still beautiful and became inspiring in a new way.
Special thanks to Susan Meyer from Think 360 Arts who helped with the project.
What do the youth involved in the project think? Here is what some of the teens had to say during a brainstorming session:
She liked how the artist let them be free. She likes how the artist is also very creative and wacky. She likes the privacy between just the kids and the artist. She also said that she likes how everybody’s not just in one room all the time, how the artist lets them go out and breathe.
I honestly like the way that the artist lets the kids do whatever they want and lets them be free with their ideas. The kids are really creative and they show interest in everything and they just let every idea come out and they share what they are thinking. Sometimes though I think that the kids are not respecting the artist, I feel that they don’t listen sometimes and she has to speak louder for them to quiet down. Even though some are a little disrespectful I think they can change and the project will be a success.
She liked the way that they got to be creative and free. She also liked how the artist let them come up with their own ideas. She had fun taking pictures with the photographer. She liked meeting new people. As well as the freedom of having no adults.
She thought that the meeting was fun. She also liked taking pictures with the photographer. She liked the way they got to be creative and how they got to come up with whatever they wanted. Also that there were no adults with them. She liked sharing her ideas with the artist and the rest of the kids.