SchoolArts Magazine

NOV 2013

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focus in: organization updates Empty Bowls for Haiti Lory Chaplin O ne of the most important lessons that can be taught in the art classroom is that art connects people. In this case, a group of rural high school art students in Iowa connected with a group of aspiring young artists in an earthquake-ravaged Haitian village. Lee rainboth After the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, I learned of Lee Rainboth, a young artist who had moved there and established an art school for the young people in the mountainside village of Mizak. Rainboth's paintings depict the people of Haiti, his purpose being to give a face to the forgotten. Rainboth's goal in moving to Haiti was to help aspiring young artists to support their families by selling the art that they create in his art school. To this end, Rainboth established Living Media International to facilitate the sale of the handcrafted items created by his students, and through which donations can be made to support the education of promising young students. Sadly, Rainboth's school was completely destroyed in the earthquake, but plans were underway to rebuild. I felt that this was an excellent opportunity for my high-school students to learn about helping others through their art, and to see that art can be a bridge between people and cultures. Three Iowa potters, Kendra Bogert, Juston Rominger, and Gary Carstens all donated bowls and volunteered to help students learn to throw on the wheel. Some of the larger donated bowls were raffled at the Soup Supper. At the supper, which was held in a local church, the colorful array of handcrafted bowls was lined up on a table so people could choose their own unique bowls. Prints of Rainboth's colorful paintings and the beautiful, handcrafted items of his students were displayed, and throwing demonstrations added to the excitement. The aroma of homemade chicken soup filled the air as guests viewed a student-made PowerPoint presentation of the entire project. Funds raised at the supper were sent to Haiti to assist in the reestablishment of the school. raising funds To help support the rebuilding effort, my students sold original paintings as holiday gifts, and the money raised was used to purchase art supplies to send to Haiti. Students were excited to know How to contribute that their work made it possible for the Contributions can be sent to Living students at Lee Rainboth's art school Media International, which has its to paint, too. It is one thing to give to stateside location at Rainboth's homea faceless charity, but town of Marcus, when you actually It is one thing to give to Iowa. Tax-deductible know who you are a faceless charity, but donations can be helping, it becomes made online at livwhen you actually know, or very personal and who you are helping, it sent to Living Media meaningful. becomes very personal International, P.O. empty Bowls Box 137, Marcus, and meaningful. Next, with the help Iowa 51035. Your of our family and consumer science donations will be used to help rebuild teacher, Katy Houston, an Empty Bowl and run Rainboth's school, includSoup Supper was held. Empty Bowls is ing providing needed art supplies and an international grassroots movement meals for the students. designed to combat world hunger. Lory Chaplin is a high school art instructor A community bowl-making night at Davis County Community High School was held, with people of all ages comin Bloomfield, Iowa. Lorry.chaplin@dcmusing together to make bowls. Laguna Clay Company, upon receiving our order for clay and learning of our misWeb links sion, donated the clay. Page sponsored by:

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