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Q&A with Badlands mural artist Aaron Pearcy

May 1, 2015

Rapid City artist Aaron Pearcy created a large mural inspired by Passage of Wind and Water and overlooking Main Street Square this spring. The 960-square-foot Badlands scene is painted on the upper two stories of the the original fly of the Elks Theatre, built in downtown Rapid City in 1912.

A giant thank you to Curt Small, owner of the Elks, for providing the “canvas” for the mural; the Rapid City Journal for providing free parking for the boom lift Aaron used to reach the wall; and to Destination Rapid City who supported the project through funding from its Bush Foundation Prize for Community Innovation.   

Anna Huntington recently caught up with Aaron, whose tag is AMP, for a Q&A:

ASH: How much paint does it take to cover a 960-square-foot wall?
AMP: I used 15 gallons of primer and I ordered almost 200 cans of spray paint in 15 different colors. They’re 500 milliliters each. It’s oil based and won’t chip, fade peel or bubble up.

ASH: How many hours of work have you put in on this project?
AMP: Approximately 65 to 70 so far. It’ll probably be close to 100 hours by the time I’m finished. I have a full-time job, too. I’m a phlebotomist with United Blood Services.

ASH: Is there any overlap between your work as an artist and your day job?
AMP: Problem solving. I’m always picking up new problem solving techniques and using them in other ways. My job requires almost too much interaction with people for me. I like keeping to myself, but you can’t just be a silent artist. You can’t convey your messages very well that way. So my job has helped me become more of a people person. Read more Q&A with Aaron Pearcy On the Blog.

Q: Please describe how getting students into their communities affects learning?

A: Passage to Schools lessons use a current community project to connect students' classroom learning to their wider community. When teachers link community events and projects to what their students are learning in the classroom, students are motivated to think at high levels because the learning feels relevant.

Q: Do these lessons stretch or go a little deeper than traditional lessons? How are they different than traditional classroom lessons?

A: These lessons are innovative in several ways.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-gabrielle-q-and-a.html#sthash.mWx4WOx0.dpuf

Q: Please describe how getting students into their communities affects learning?

A: Passage to Schools lessons use a current community project to connect students' classroom learning to their wider community. When teachers link community events and projects to what their students are learning in the classroom, students are motivated to think at high levels because the learning feels relevant.

Q: Do these lessons stretch or go a little deeper than traditional lessons? How are they different than traditional classroom lessons?

A: These lessons are innovative in several ways.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-gabrielle-q-and-a.html#sthash.mWx4WOx0.dpuf

Q: Please describe how getting students into their communities affects learning?

A: Passage to Schools lessons use a current community project to connect students' classroom learning to their wider community. When teachers link community events and projects to what their students are learning in the classroom, students are motivated to think at high levels because the learning feels relevant.

Q: Do these lessons stretch or go a little deeper than traditional lessons? How are they different than traditional classroom lessons?

A: These lessons are innovative in several ways.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-gabrielle-q-and-a.html#sthash.mWx4WOx0.dpuf

Are you percolating an original art project that needs seed money to get off the ground? Apply for a Sculpture Project Arts Programming Grant.

The grants, up to $5,000, are for art projects of all kinds that connect to The Sculpture Project. Projects need a downtown Rapid City connection, special consideration is given to proposals that include partners and collaborators, and a funding match is required. The final 2014 deadline is June 1.

The application is simple (really!) and can be found here. If you have questions about whether your project fits the criteria or about how to complete the application, please don't hesitate to contact anna@destinationrapidcity.com.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-grants.html#sthash.iCHw0Jt5.dpuf

Are you percolating an original art project that needs seed money to get off the ground? Apply for a Sculpture Project Arts Programming Grant.

The grants, up to $5,000, are for art projects of all kinds that connect to The Sculpture Project. Projects need a downtown Rapid City connection, special consideration is given to proposals that include partners and collaborators, and a funding match is required. The final 2014 deadline is June 1.

The application is simple (really!) and can be found here. If you have questions about whether your project fits the criteria or about how to complete the application, please don't hesitate to contact anna@destinationrapidcity.com.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-grants.html#sthash.iCHw0Jt5.dpuf

Are you percolating an original art project that needs seed money to get off the ground? Apply for a Sculpture Project Arts Programming Grant.

The grants, up to $5,000, are for art projects of all kinds that connect to The Sculpture Project. Projects need a downtown Rapid City connection, special consideration is given to proposals that include partners and collaborators, and a funding match is required. The final 2014 deadline is June 1.

The application is simple (really!) and can be found here. If you have questions about whether your project fits the criteria or about how to complete the application, please don't hesitate to contact anna@destinationrapidcity.com.

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-grants.html#sthash.iCHw0Jt5.dpuf

Christine Stewart shared a first draft of Part One of Passage of Wind and Water: A Choral Poem.

Christine writes that this draft is, "Inspired by the work of Mrs. Garrett's sixth-graders (Southwest Middle School) as well as several of the adult participants who have sent me lines, poems, and bits of prose. I have drafted the "wind" section of the choral poem. Several parts seem to be shaping up: stars, water, wind, stone, prairie. I'm eager to collect more submissions, so please send yours as soon as possible."

A choral poem is a poem designed to be read aloud by two or more people in a group setting. This first draft is crafted for three readers. To read the poem,

- See more at: http://www.rcsculptureproject.com/blog/on-the-blog-poem-draft.html#sthash.NYN9dc4F.dpuf

NEWS

Work begins on downtown new downtown RC mural, KEVN Black Hills Fox, March 27, 2015

Sculpture project brings teaching artists to local schools, Rapid City Journal, November 16, 2014

Nagase completes Badlands Tapestry Garden, SDPB, November 7, 2014

Ruth Brennan: Sculpture Project resonates with community, Rapid City Journal, November 6, 2014

Nagase sculpture inspires community artists, SDPB, November 4, 2014

The Sculpture Project, a short video by Randal Iverson, October 2014

A renaissance in Rapid City, New York Times, May 6, 2014

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