News : Creativity for a cause

Feb 28, 2011

By Jennifer Feals

Portsmouth Herald (Seacoast Online)

PORTSMOUTH - From a pig wrapped in a blanket to a chicken roasting on a radiator, Portsmouth Middle School students have created some eye-catching designs that will be displayed throughout downtown to raise awareness of a good cause.

About 50 sixth- and seventh-grade visual arts students partnered with Seacoast Local's (H)EAT campaign to spread community awareness of the program, which raises money for fuel and food assistance on the Seacoast, their own awareness of the needs in the community, and to see the ways that art can make a difference. The project was funded through a $2,000 New Hampshire State Council on the Arts grant provided to the city of Portsmouth's cultural commission, Art-Speak, and the middle school. Students worked with visiting artists and graphic designers from Pixels and Pulp in Portland, Maine, to create their works of art.

"For me, it's all about the kids being empowered, getting invested in their community, learning how to communicate through images and learn about careers in art — advertising, graphic design in this case," said visual arts instructor Anna Nuttall, who is a former board member of Seacoast Local. "And even better, applying it with a socially relevant and charitable intensions."

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