ArtOrg presents: Steamroll Art
ArtOrg uses a small steamroller to make prints for both kids and adults. You check in, get your materials, then sit down under the tent to cut up stuff to make your printing block. You give it to ArtOrg's helpers, and they roll your block up with ink. Then, your inky block gets put on the runway with a piece of paper on top. We start up the steamroller and roll over it, and peel back the paper to reveal a wonderful print. It?s over to the ?signing table? to sign your name on it and put on some special stamps. There you go! A wonderful steamroller print!
Because this is a somewhat unique experience of creating art, we hoped that patrons would be introduced to a new art form, or at least learn something new about printmaking. We also hoped that the program would increase patrons' general interest in the arts, and/or in printmaking specifically. By nature this is quite a large and lengthy process, and we hoped that passersby would be intrigued to join, and that we would attract people to the program that otherwise might not come to the library. We distributed evaluation forms after the program and collected public comments.
100% of respondents said that after this program they had learned something new about printmaking, or were introduced to a new art form. 69% said both that they enjoyed this program because they were able to learn a new skill, and that they enjoyed it because they were able to spend quality time with friends and family. 75% said that this program increased their interest in printmaking, and/or expanded their general interest in the arts. Public comments included: "Great project- kids enjoyed taking home a nice print. Something new and different!" and "I'm an artist and this was very enjoyable."
In Hallock, use of the city park was provided for free. Volunteers helped to clean the area after the event was finished, and the newspaper promoted the event in addition to a separate, paid ad.