Big Arts in the Little Apple, an annual collaborative program between The Building for Kids (BFK) and the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, will be unveiling a community-wide art exhibit on February 3. Over 700 original pieces were created by Appleton Area School District 3rd and 4th-grade students this past fall and will be displayed in various places in the community through March 4.
The program encouraged students to explore the connection between music and visual art. While listening to “Route 66” by Michael Daugherty, a musical trip down the historic U.S. Route 66, students were encouraged to imagine the visual aspects in the music and how different elements in the music made them feel. It was through critically listening to the music that students were able to make the creative connections to inspire their pieces.
“It is such an extraordinary moment when the kids get to see their artwork displayed throughout the community. They spend weeks diving into the music, learning new visual art techniques and expanding their abstract thinking to ultimately create these amazing pieces of art,” said Jarrad Bittner, Executive Director of the BFK. “They all share an incredible amount of pride for their creations and we are so excited that the community has embraced this program to support these talented young artists."
The art pieces inspired by “Route 66” range from collage to acrylic, abstract to landscape, and capture the wide range of creativity and talent of the students. Over 20 locations are housing the unique pieces, most being in downtown Appleton. A map featuring all the locations can be found atbuildingforkids.org/big-arts-in-the-little-apple or at one of the art locations. During the run of the exhibit, the BFK will have programs and activities to encourage visitors to explore the connections between visual arts and music.
The 25 best in show pieces will be featured at the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Modern American Legends concert on February 3, with the student artists invited to hear the Symphony perform “Route 66” live at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.
Big Arts in the Little Apple was made possible with the generous support of the Appleton Area School District, Octoberfest, School Specialty, Appleton Education Foundation, Miron Construction, Mielke Family Foundation, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and Heid Music.
The BFK has been empowering children, engaging parents and energizing the community since 1992. For more information about the BFK, including its programs and events, visit www.buildingforkids.org.