Citri Southbridge Projects :
Description of the objects produced in Citri-Southbridge, Latin American and Kingswood community cethers in the summer of 1991:
In 1991, the Arts Van Go program produced various objects: 1500 drawings, ink washes and paintings, 130 name plaques painted on wood, 450 placemats (hand painted and drawn on burlap), 240 tie dyed handkerchiefs (30 of those were silk-screened designed with the Art Van Go 1991 logo), 130 mobiles (made from approximately 1,000 wood scraps and then painted), 130 necklaces (composed of hand made beads which were also painted), 130 chimes (constructed and painted), 130 Maraca’s (constructed of soda cans, rice, felt and paint), 130 Sculptures (12” sq. base, using 600 wood scraps, also painted), 480 tie dyed tee shirts with silkscreen designs and one large “Southbridge against drugs” banner (constructed of several silkscreen words that the children stenciled). To see more of the projects that were built at Citri-Southbridge see Kingswood and Latin American Community Center (via the missing documentation) the same syllabi was taught in all three locations.
In 1991, we focused on the home environment. We thought it would be exciting to make colorful objects that would enhance the home. We started with name plates, maraca music instruments, chimes, necklaces, handkerchiefs, mobiles, 1 ft. sculpture relief's and place mats.
The following was noted by Tiara Luciaga, my assistant teacher in 1991:
“We believe that despite the budget, work hours and other limitations that we encountered, we found ways of creating products out of very simple things. The children learned how to use common materials in creative ways".
"The community centers that we were a part of didn’t seem to foster creativity or self-expression. We believe our presence and the Arts Van Go projects bring an alternative of hope and color to an otherwise limiting and non-stimulating environment. Some of the teachers were excited about the positive energy that came from this experience. Mrs Chandler at Kingswood, Mrs. Linda of Citri or Miss Lillian of LACC will attest to the success of this program. The Arts Van Go has great potential for the future and should continue serving the needs of the children that so much enjoyed it and have benefited from it.”