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SCRIM

September 2017

GILLETTE SCRIM PAINTED BY OUR PAINTING STUDIO

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This summer, the Artists For Humanity EpiCenter was taken over by two large-scale recycled advertisement banners—measuring 122” x 6” and 115” x 6”—for Gillette’s South Boston headquarters. In AFH style, participants used an upcycled series of scrims—carefully stitched together to appear seamless—and painted it with yellow, orange, blue, purple, and green geometric paint bands inspired by fall foliage and Channel Center Park.

 

Reflecting on the project, Painting participant Mamadou “Belle” Balde explained, “Having my work displayed publicly in Boston is a dream come true for me! Some things that I learned during this project are that being patient and working as a group is really important in life.”

AFH painting mentor Gary Chen, who supervised the project along with artist Nate Swain, reflected on the experience saying, “I enjoyed witnessing the project’s stages: transitioning from a planned sketch, to implementing chalk lines, to finally applying paint to the surface, and then installing the piece. I am proud that this piece is displayed on Gillette’s property because it will get attention from a lot of different people, and it helps beautify the space along A Street.”

Painting participant My Vu says, “It feels great having my work displayed publicly in Boston at a company like Gillette. Knowing that I put my best efforts into this project makes me feel good about it. From this experience, I learned that hard work and dedication pays off.”

Most impressive? The teens did not use tape to create the straight lines on the piece. Instead, they painted each shape by hand using highly technical paint brushes and employing a lot of patience during the warm summer months.​

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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Mass Cultural Council, and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.​

Funded in part by Boston Public Schools (BPS) Arts Expansion, a multi-year effort focusing on access, equity and quality arts learning for BPS students. The BPS Arts Expansion Fund, managed by EdVestors, is supported by the Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Katie and Paul Buttenwieser, The Klarman Family Foundation, Linde Family Foundation, and other individuals. BPS Arts Expansion is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.​

Artists For Humanity is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act from the National Endowment for the Arts.​