UAlbany Libraries' Chairs that Tell a Story Program Challenges Area High School Students to Meld Art and Literature
ALBANY, N.Y. (January 30, 2012) – More than 25 area schools have accepted the University at Albany’s challenge to artistically depict their favorite literary classic on one of the University’s original 1960’s library oak chairs. Schools from as far north as Minerva, N.Y., and as far south as Chatham, N.Y., are participating in the “Chairs that Tell a Story” competition developed by UAlbany’s libraries.
Paint and brushes in hand, Academy of the Holy Names students (from left) Kerry Losert (grade 10) and Stella Hong (grade 11) are ready to depict a literary classic onto several of the University at Albany Libraries' original 1960s oak chairs. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)
“This competition will help promote UAlbany's engagement with area high schools, and underscores the significance of the arts and literature in educating students who read, think critically, and create," said UAlbany Dean and Director of Libraries Mary F. Casserly.
The Libraries suggested approximately 40 literary titles to participants, including The Diary of Anne Frank; John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men; and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.
The unpainted chairs have been delivered to the schools and the finished products are due back at the University by May 1. Participating students, teachers and families will be invited to a UAlbany awards event on May 21 to view all of the works and select their favorites. Local artists will choose the prize winners.
The Libraries will display the finished works during Fallbany, the University’s Fall Festival/Homecoming Weekend. The public will have the opportunity to bid on and purchase the chairs. Proceeds will benefit UAlbany Libraries programs and services.
Participating schools include:
Academy of the Holy Names
Bethlehem Central High
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School
Chatham High School
Cohoes High School
Columbia High School
Glens Falls High School
Greenwich Central School
Guilderland High School
Heatly School, Green Island
Ichabod Crane High School
Lake George High School
Minerva Central School
Niskayuna High School
North Warren CSD
Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons
Queensbury High School
Saratoga Springs High School
Schalmont High School
Shaker High School
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