Mad rush to the Projection!! - EF-J

We are in the final stages of finishing Mural in Motion and we are going at full speed.  Eric Okdeh took students out last week to get some video to fill in the holes and Karen Kolkka took a morning hike to gather a few more shots of Kelly Drive.  Elizabeth (student) is busy constructing the very fast paced fourth section and Deirdre (student) is completing her green screen cut outs.  I presented the first three sections (out of four) to an arts panel at the Mural Arts Program headquarters, and they gave us some constructive feedback and new ways to think of the work. 

There are many details to attend to in order to do this projection, and we have a mighty team at both Springside School and the Mural Arts Program supporting the work of the students.  This is truly a collaborative effort!

Connection with The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)– Ellen Fishman-Johnson

Once we began the Mural in Motion project we needed to begin dialogue with ISTE so we could work together to present this exciting piece to the attendees of the ISTE conference at the end of June.  The conference draws over 15,000 educators from all over the world and is a hotbed of ideas for forward thinking educators.   I had a lot of wonderful conversations with the co-director of the Special Interest Group for Art Educators (SIGAE) co-headed by Jaime Kasper(Fine Arts and Humanities Advisor for the Pennsylvania Department of Education) at the last ISTE conference and she helped me get in touch with the ISTE administration.  I was very thrilled when Anita McAnear the Program Chair for ISTE called to find out about the project.  She has been incredibly supportive of this project and helped us get a description in the program and a Student Showcase for the students to present their work.  We also coordinated the start of the mural so it would coincide with the end of the Keynote address on Sunday June 26th around 8:30.

Location of the mural – Ellen Fishman-Johnson

After being given the go ahead by Mural Arts to begin working on the project, we needed to find a wall to project on to.  We knew we had to find a wall that was in the vicinity of the Philadelphia Convention Center and Frank Aloise, the Director of Finance at Springside School suggested we go look (of course it had to happen during lunch so we could eat at the Reading Terminal Market).  We parked right next to the Convention Center and the great wall of the Fabric Workshop and Museum at 12th and Arch immediately struck us both.   This is a street that is used by conventioneers to get to most major hotels. There is parking lot beside the wall, which was really important in order to have enough space to project from.  We began discussions with Fabric Workshop about using this perfect location.

Beginnings – Ellen Fishman-Johnson

The idea for this project was hatched when I was at the International Society for Technology in Education conference last year in Denver.  As an educator of the Arts and an active composer and video artist, I felt that students could really wow this immense audience of interested educators.  I began to wonder what that would look like.  I have been fascinated with the idea of doing a large-scale projection and scoured the Internet for examples thinking that this would be something we could attempt.  At the beginning of the school year this idea was put on the back burner as I took on new responsibilities at Springside.   However, somehow Jane Golden, the visionary leader of the Mural Arts Project, was visiting Springside School one morning and I was introduced to her as part of a tour of the school.  As she was leaving, I asked her if she ever thought of doing a large-scale projection and her eyes lit up!  She had thought of it and we began a series of conversations about collaboration between Mural Arts students and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy students.