Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.—GRANVILLE, N.Y.—The Slate Valley Museum welcomes families with youth in grades K-12 to unleash their inner artist and re-create Work Projects Administration (WPA) posters and mini chalk art murals in a friendly art competition. On First Friday, Sept. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m., head to the museum to view replicas of WPA posters and choose a couple to re-create using chalk or paper. A panel of jurors will select winning artworks in three age groups.
Participants are welcomed to re-create actual WPA posters on display at the museum or create a work of their own. Participants can also join hopscotch and other art-related activities being held inside and outside on the cultural campus surrounding the museum. Winners of the event will receive art supply kits. The first 50 kids through the door will get a free ice cream cone from Stewarts Shops. TD Bank of Granville will also be supplying chalk that the kids will be able to take home. Participation in the competition is free.
“We’re excited to let the community use our grounds as a canvas,” said Krista Rupe, executive director of the Slate Valley Museum.
The WPA mural by Martha Levy on exhibit at the museum is an inspiration for this event. The mural displays men working in the local slate valley quarries. Levy started working on WPA projects in 1934 and made this mural originally for the Granville High School to teach students about their heritage and slate production.
Slate Valley Museum is located at 17 Water Street, Granville, NY. Call 518-642-1417.
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Kids can re-create WPA posters like this one during a friendly competition at Slate Valley Museum, complete with artistic prizes.