“Living Art” Grant Engages Local Youth
As part of
a citywide initiative to help beautify the city parks, Oil Drum Art and the
Connecticut Community Foundation presented twenty painted trash drums to
Mayor Neil M. O’Leary. The trash
drums are painted by local youths in after-school programs with artistic and
historical themes based on “Waterbury Firsts.”
The Connecticut Community
Foundation awarded Oil Drum Art a “Living Art” grant to create art from
repurposed 55-gallon oil drums. The objective of the program was to
engage Waterbury students in making and experiencing art that reflects and is
relevant to their lives.
Jack Lardis, President of Oil
Drum Art, invited Waterbury students to create Trash Drum Art with a theme
about historical events, places, and people for which Waterbury is famous.
Participating in the
after-school program were Driggs Elementary School, Carrington Elementary
School, Waterbury Arts Magnet School, P.A.L, Shakesperience Productions, Girls
Inc of Greater Waterbury, Carolyn’s Place, Youth Services and the Boys and
Girls Club of Greater Waterbury.
The Waterbury Parks
Department will place the donated trash drums in city parks and civic buildings
where the drums are maintained manually so that the artworks are not damaged by
standard trash collecting trucks.