The Actors Theatre Workshop (ATW) presents Living Up to the Ideal of Democracy, a special exhibition featuring artwork by students of its renowned Builders of the New World (BNW) extracurricular program for homeless children ages eight through 12. An opening reception will take place at the theatre on June 28, 2018 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM.
Over 50 drawings and associated stories capture unlimited imagination through the children’s interpretations of BNW’s yearly theme – the ideals of American democracy. The welcoming exhibition provides respite from contentious social and digital landscapes through dynamic and colorful imagery symbolizing hope and freedom in “a more perfect Union”. In these illustrations, bald eagles swoop from the sky to fight crimes, American flags break chains representing racism and smiling Statues of Liberty exhibit trademark regal bearing.
Founder and Artistic Director Thurman Scott conceives BNW’s signature curriculum using theatre principles, as the students explore not only the effects of politics in their daily lives, but their honest and open desire to create a better world for all. These pieces of artwork also serve a larger purpose in developing the children’s self-esteem in overcoming various challenges within their familial, educational and social environments to become successful leaders and achievers in their communities.