Lee Elementary collaborates with The District for artistic weekend

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 | 8:51 p.m. CDT; updated 5:15 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 6, 2011

COLUMBIA — Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School will team up with The District to organize a book signing and a community art project for this weekend's Artrageous Fridays, a festival held four times each year to celebrate local organizations that support the arts.

Book signing of student project 'A Day in Their Eyes'

Fourth graders at Lee School and Stephens College student Wynde Noel co-wrote a book last year entitled "A Day in Their Eyes," which features photography and stories from the students.

The elementary school is partnered with the college through Columbia Public School District's "Partners in Education" program. Noel turned to school art specialist Ann Mehr when the college student came up with the idea of starting a photo project.

The collaboration integrated writing and photography courses taken by the students at Lee School, Mehr said. The 45 students who participated were told to photograph what they thought was important in their lives.

One picture and one accompanying caption were selected to represent each student who participated.

"A Day in Their Eyes" was published with help from, a funding platform that allows people to pledge money to various creative projects, according to The District's newsletter. After one month of using the site, the book project received more than $1,300.

The book signing, which is open to the public, will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at The District's office, 11 S. Tenth St. The book costs $25. The students who co-wrote the book with Noel will receive a free copy.

Refreshments will be served at the reception before the event kicks off.

Community art project aims to involve all ages in the arts

Mehr and Noel were also involved in organizing a community art project, along with Carrie Gartner, executive director of The District.

Participants can create collages with magazines, crafting tools and other art supplies, which will be provided, Mehr said. Finished collages will be displayed on the walls in The District's office.

"It's like an art station for everyone," she said, adding that the event's intention was to host a fun, affordable and accessible event that would engage people of all ages in the community and arouse their consciousness to the abundance of visual images in their daily lives.

The art project will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at The District's office.

More information about the Artrageous weekend is available online, or by calling The District's office at 442-6816.

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