The Willoughby Windows Project, curated by Ad Hoc Gallery last summer was a big hit that helped revitalize a downtown block.
A developer who bought the block had made it look ugly by kicking out the mom-n-pop businesses that made their living there, so the street artists made it look super cool by putting art in the windows.
These four talented and insightful Brooklyn students in 4th,5th, and 6th grades made an excellent documentary about the project and it’s impact on the people they met who passed the windows. It is very funny and entertaining. Oh yeah, it’s educational too.
Brooklyn Friends Student Documentary Fall 2009 from Samuel Bathrick
The team really studied the topic and explained why they did the project. Here are some quotes from the documentary, to give you a flavor:
“We decided to make a documentary film about the different stores and that had art in them.”
“We had some questions and we wanted to find out what the general public thought about the art.”
“Personally I think the stores closed because of the economy.”
The documentary includes discussion about the project, how it came about, and interviews with people on the street. Garrison Buxton of Ad Hoc, and one of the featured artists in the project Dennis McNett, are also interviewed. The whole documentary was edited by the class instructor, Sam Bathrick.
Three cheers for after school programs! Three cheers for teachers! Three cheers for these amazing students!!
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