Ellen's Work Blog
American Mural Project Blog
by Shari Marks
1M ago
Ellen’s Work Blog June 2024 One thing I have learned after 25 years of work on AMP: when in doubt, go ask kids for their input. As I work my way to the end of the ramp section, installing pieces created on our collaborative projects across the country, I am looking ahead to a giant project scheduled for next year with eight schools in Connecticut. The AMP Regeneration Project will address the most critical challenge ahead for all Americans, for all nations around the globe: what are we doing to save the planet? We have invited some of the most knowledgeable scholars on environmental ..read more
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Ellen's Work Blog
American Mural Project Blog
by Shari Marks
3M ago
Ellen’s Work Blog April 2024 As we move out of March and into April, I am making an executive decision to get back to work on the back-ramp gallery behind the mural. There are so many things happening at AMP, and there is a definite need to stay ahead of them. It’s good to divide my time between desk work and the mural itself.  As I begin again in the studio, I am reminded how wonderful it is to work on a creative project, physically pushing pieces around and dreaming about how they will all come together and surround you as you walk through that secret back-ramp space. And, of course, t ..read more
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The Suffield Observer
American Mural Project Blog
by Shari Marks
5M ago
The Suffield Observer March 1, 2024 ..read more
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Ellen's Work Blog
American Mural Project Blog
by Shari Marks
5M ago
Ellen’s Work Blog March 2024 February is normally a slow month, slogging through the last part of winter, long and dreary. But at AMP, February was all about activity. The number of new ideas we test-drove in these four short weeks was amazing. We also ushered in the 2024 LIVE @AMP season with Nikita. They are a fantastic group of talented musicians. They worked magic together and, as easily, threw in sparkling, tour-de-force solos. In addition, we hosted field trips, Teen Art Studio, the CHAMPS after-school program, and our fourth Friday piano hour. On the last Saturday of the month, we had ..read more
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Ellen's Work Blog
American Mural Project Blog
by Shari Marks
6M ago
Ellen’s Work Blog February 2024 For it being the dead of winter, we sure have rolled out a lot of activities for 2024. On January 18 we hosted a fabulous Manufacturing Ambassadors event with Paul Lavoie, Chief Manufacturing Officer for the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. I met some of the most interesting people doing remarkable work in support of manufacturing in this state. Many of them give professional advice to young people who are entering the workforce. I am looking forward to this group visiting again. Last Friday, the 26th, we rolled out the first event ..read more
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Art at Work: Education
American Mural Project Blog
by Shari Marks
6M ago
Art at Work: Education August 18, 2023 So many magical moments with the kids in the Summer @ AMP programs—too many to count. A big THANK YOU to all of our families ..read more
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Art at Work: Education
American Mural Project Blog
by Shari Marks
6M ago
Art at Work: Education June 12, 2023 Professional development workshops at AMP focus on creative community building and choice-based art making. We had an amazing day with these inspiring Middletown artists last week ..read more
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Digging In: Construction
American Mural Project Blog
by Shari Marks
6M ago
Digging In: Construction June 11, 2023 Happy to start a new work week in our new office space ..read more
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Art at Work: Education
American Mural Project Blog
by Shari Marks
6M ago
Art at Work: Education May 27, 2023 Homemade ice cream and some serious artwork during our last week of CHAMPS After School Enrichment Program. Liz had a fantastic year with these kids. And now we get to makes plans for the fall ..read more
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Ellen's Work Blog
American Mural Project Blog
by Shari Marks
7M ago
Ellen’s Work Blog January 2024 What a fantastic year at AMP.  We had 30 percent more visitors than last year. We launched the new LIVE @AMP series and had a blast all summer with kids from 6 to 16 creating amazing things—not only in our new program room, but also in the big mural space and up in the woods in our outside build area. We are learning every day how to make more happen on more days for more kids and adults in our community.  With unrest and divisiveness in various parts of our world at the moment, I am so grateful we have created a place in Winsted where good things ..read more
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