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Wreck This Room

May 14, 2015

To get the most out of your visit to the Arts Center this month (you are planning to come see the High School Artist Project and Youth Art Fair, right?), be sure to help us “Wreck This Room” on the first floor.

That’s right. Gouge a hole. Scribble on the wall. Make a sculpture.

It’s all part of the experience (and you’ll get a free art journal just for participating!).

“Wreck This Room” is an educational tie-in that helps visitors connect with the exhibit. The art in the exhibit is accompanied by “wreck-it journals” completed by more than 40 high school students. The journals have artistic prompts designed to inspire creativity. Things like:

  • Poke holes in this page.
  • Put something sticky here.
  • Go outside and sketch the first thing you see.
  • Drop this journal on the ground and step on it.

    A visitor proudly displays the map she made, disclosing the location of a hidden plastic pirate.

The prompts encourage the journal’s owner to look at the world with fresh, creative eyes. To encourage exhibit visitors to do the same thing, we installed a series of artistic prompts in a small first-floor gallery, converting it into “Wreck This Room.”

Activities in the room include:

  • Hiding a treasure and drawing a map to its location;
  • Searching for an interesting object outside and tacking it to the wall;
  • Drawing a self-portrait with your non-dominant hand;
  • Poking holes in a foam-covered section of wall;
  • And more!

Visitors of all ages have enjoyed unleashing their creativity in the Wreck This Room, which was made possible by a grant from the Hudson-Ellis Funds. The exhibits and activities are open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Using a timer, a group of students scribbles on the wall for one minute.

Using a timer, a group of students scribbles on the wall for one minute.