This project was the result of a collaboration between the Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond Secondary Schools, Dr. Cameron Cartiere and the chART collective as a component of the larger Border Free Bees project. The goals of the Youth Outreach Project were to introduce Richmond high school students to socially engaged arts practice and to support them in taking the themes and issues from art gallery exhibitions back to their schools to create art projects that involved their school community. The project was artist-led, but was deliberately structured to let the students and teachers work together to develop the art projects, using gallery exhibitions as starting points.

For All Is For Yourself Exhibition Tour

The exhibition For All is For Yourself by Cameron Cartiere and the chART collective explored issues surrounding declining pollinator populations, and the ways in which members of the community can take action to solve this imminent problem. Students and teachers from Hugh McRoberts, H. J. Cambie, and J. N. Burnett Secondary Schools visited the exhibition and met with the artists and other “bee experts” for a full day event at the Art Gallery and at the Pollinator Pasture. Back at their prospective schools, each class incorporated what they learned into art projects meant to inspire their school communities to learn more about and how to support local pollinator species.

Paper Making Workshop for For All Is For Yourself

For All is For Yourself was created using seed paper made in community workshops with the artists. The students from H.J. Cambie led the way with the first paper-making workshop in Richmond.

Student Artwork Critique by Cameron Cartiere

Ms. Foster’s Art Enriched 11 and AP Studio Art 12 classes created a school-based installation that encouraged a personal response to the important issues raised by For All Is For Yourself and the Pollinator Pasture Public Art Project. The class chose the form of the mason jar, as mason jars are traditionally used for preserving food at the end of a growing season. Each student received four mason jars and produced a series of art pieces that incorporated or was contained by the jars. Students were encouraged to connect the jars in some way, either narratively, thematically, materially, chronologically, etc. The collected jars were then brought together to form a larger installation in the school’s rotunda in order to encourage the school population to consider the many issues connected to our reliance on bees and other pollinators.

Walk and Talk at the Bridgeport Public Art Pollinator Pasture

Following their visit to the exhibition For All is For Yourself the students and teachers were led on a tour of the Public Art Pollinator Pasture at the Bridgeport Industrial Park.

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