May 22 – July 21, 2015
The Kunstkraftwerk is a newly-developed cultural center in Leipzig, whose aim is to be immersively involved in its local culture, heritage, and community, while simultaneously acting as a bridge for a wide international cultural dialogue and connection. As a project that demonstrates the instrumental and intrinsic value of arts in society, the KKW Art Exhibition program, directed by curator/artist Candace Goodrich, is an innovative, exploratory space for urban regeneration and a breeding ground for new thinking. We are dedicated to forging a greater impact on our society through a shared purpose, with creative resilience rooted in our reflective practice. As Leipzig evolves and grows as a city, with new economic and social paradigms before it, the KKW as an organization will fuel this momentum, as a forward-looking partner in establishing a robust, sustainable future.
The KKW's interpretation of do it is to bring this creative challenge to our local youth, particularly in the districts Lindenau and Plagwitz. Beginning May 26, 2015, the Kunstkraftwerk will host and facilitate 6 weeks of free workshops, once per week, with the following schools:
46. Grundschule (Saalfelder Straße)
172. Grundschule (Prießnitzstraße) Daz-Klasse
The workshops will be led by 11 art education students of the University of Leipzig, under the tutelage of Prof. Ines Seumel, Cultural Manager Angela Straube, and assistant Anika Preissler. For the university students, the do it for kids project allows them to gain practical experience in the field of art education and art therapy, working with children ages 8-18. The seminar class of Prof. Seumel will be involved in the organization of the full program, leading the workshops, documenting and archiving the progress and results, building the exhibition, and managing the vernissage (opening) and finissage (closing) events. In addition to the engagement of our local community, one of the workshops will work with young inmates of the JSA Regis-Breitingen, the local youth detention center.
Artist and educator Wednesday Farris will further interpret this entire process during our finissage events when the teachers, parents, and children will come together to perform Amalia Pica's instruction Throw a party.
For the Kunstkraftwerk, Obrist's concept for do it is an excellent basis and starting point from which we will develop our institution's education program, while strengthening our community through youth. For more information, visit KKW's website, here.
In partnership with the Kulturamt Stadt Leipzig.