In March 2016, I completed an arts-integrated residency at the Montpelier High School, working with students to understand the concept of The Wall. Together with teachers Katy Chabot, Sarah Squier and Cathy Butterfield, we integrated three core-curriculum subjects; biology, English and history and learnt concepts around biological walls, psychological walls (the Harlem Renaissance) and physical walls (graffitti on separation walls around the globe)–all through the lens of the visual arts. This powerful and thought-provoking residency culminated in a walking installation alongside musical performances (involving biology students, composer Evan Premo, and music-teacher Hilary Goldblatt). We were extremely fortunate to have been joined by solo-percussionist Evelyn Glennie.
Later that week, the cubes created by students formed the stage-set design for Glennie’s performance at the Barre Opera House.
This project was conceived through the Community Engagement Lab.