Rangoli Sand Art
Shakun Maheshwari's Rangoli Sand Art, was a free program being offered for ages 6-adult. Patrons learned about Indian culture, history, and celebrations through art. They explored the use of art made from chalk, sand, or rice flour. Wrangle designs are a temporary floor art that people create and redo on a daily basis in India in order to bring good luck and happiness to the home. Those who attended created stylized wrangle designs with flour or colored sand. *
The intended outcome of the arts program is to allow patrons the opportunity to create hands-on art projects and develop their skills as visual artists, such as creative problem solving, self-expression, small motor development, etc. A survey was distributed to receive feedback from those attending the programs.
Surveys were distributed to participants at all programs. 90% strongly agreed that this was an enjoyable experience and 85% strongly agreed that they would attend a similar event. Comments: That was a very interesting program presented by a very knowledgeable presenter. There were lots of comments about enjoying coloring with sand, learning about the culture and history, and having a take home project that was creatively done and new to just about everyone.
21 libraries provided space, staff, and additional promotion for the programs and approximately 10 regional newspapers provided marketing through press releases, photos and interviews with artists and performers.