Much of the excitement of each year’s Project is sparked by hearing from libraries about their upcoming event. While looking forward is great fun, it seems that each time I hear from a current library, I look backward and recall an event from a past year.
The event on my mind today happened in Maine two years ago at the Lithgow Public Library in Augusta. They organized an event around truth, historical figures, and art. It puts a smile on my face just thinking about it. In a nutshell, a Maine artist hung his traveling show at the library that chronicled famous and not-so-famous historical figures who were known by some for their honesty and integrity. What I loved about this particular event, was that it didn’t have to revolve around art. The same premise–considering truth and people who are truthful–is a program that both adults and children could participate in. What does truth look like? Who is truthful? These are questions that would likely illicit thoughtful answers, and could potentially be an art project for children, too.
I encourage you to check out Robert Shetterly’s (the artist) web site, and see if it doesn’t inspire a program or two for your library.