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Event to pepper Roswell parks with art
by Joan Durbin
April 02, 2014 09:53 AM | 2679 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More than 300 pieces of original art will be carefully squirreled away in two Roswell parks to be discovered by participants in the Hide and Seek Art Event April 12. The artwork will be made of recycled materials by students at Jacob’s Ladder School students and staff as well as some artists in the north Fulton community. Staff from Roswell Parks and Recreation, which co-sponsors the event with the school, help conceal the art.

“The pieces of art are small, easily hidden in a patch of leaves, hole in a tree, behind a bush,” said Laurianne Love, Roswell’s visual arts coordinator. 

“We hid lots of pieces last year. It took awhile, but they all were eventually found.”

Last year’s inaugural hunt was stretched out over a few weeks. This year the hunt will last one day only, Love said.

“It’s free, it’s fun, it’s an activity the whole family can participate in.  It gets people out on the trail being active, a perfect excuse for a family picnic,” Love said.  “You get to keep the art you find.  People like treasure-hunting.”  As part of the event, which runs from noon to 3 p.m. in Roswell Area Park and Leita Thompson Memorial Park, there will be food trucks and plenty of activities such as a photo booth, a hula hoop station, a performance from the Circus Arts Institute, face painting, the Earth Balloon and more.

There will also be a silent auction for items donated by artists from all over the country. Proceeds benefit Jacob’s Ladder, a Roswell neurodevelopmental school and therapy center.

“We serve students pre-K through 12th grade with any type of neurological disorder, from emotional-behavioral issues, Down syndrome, brain injury, and cerebral palsy to a range of learning disabilities, ADHD, and genetic disorders; although 60 percent of our students have been diagnosed with autism,” said Jaclyn Rhodes, the school’s admissions director.

Programs are offered through full time school placement at Jacob’s Ladder, after school programs, in-home services, or in the school’s therapy center. Danielle Sanford, Hide and Seek Art coordinator, said the event came about when the school was granted the Disney Kids for Change scholarship in 2013.

“We were able to plan and execute the event through the grant. Hide and Seek Art continues to enable our students to feel a sense of creativity, independence, and even more importantly, to be involved in the bigger picture.

All staff, students, and various organizations come together to work as a team to have a successful event, from creating art, packaging the art, hiding the art and seeking the art.”

Jacob’s Ladder founding director Amy O’Dell said it is “incredibly fulfilling to our staff and students to witness the expansion of our students’ vision of art, outdoor activities, food and bringing people together.

“We hope people will come and experience this day with us.”

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