Reposting from December 2013: Our time with Hope Elephants

Posted on Wednesday September 10, 2014

From December 2013

With Creative Arts Coordinator Alexis Iammarino

During three recent Art Workshops, the Camden students and I loaned our talents and energies to an educational outreach project of Hope Elephants. Together, we created a large-scale mural panel for this local wildlife conservation organization.Unknown

We made a visit to the Elephant Barn with Dr. Jim Laurita, and Lindsay Pinchbeck at Sweet Tree Arts hosted us in her community arts space to work on our panel.

Participating groups were asked to illustrate themes that relate to the Hope Elephant’s mission: to provide a unique and caring home for injured and aging elephants, and to provide an educational program that inspires visitors to participate in wildlife conservation.

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Our group’s panel contains symbolic imagery of various elephant mythologies in Asia and Africa, the story of ancient elephants and the modern day African Savannah. mystical

Initiated by the Hope Elephants organization, this mural project engaged several local school groups and young artists, including Wayfinder Schools, in creating original art for their elephant barn in Hope. This project, like all their educational and outreach programs will raise awareness about wildlife conservation and the need to protect and preserve elephants.

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Thank you Dr. Jim Laurita.  You will be missed.