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Mural of Diversity -Inside Out Project

It's the world's largest global art movement. It's called "Inside Out" and a piece of the project is being put together in Williamsport.
Williamsport, Lycoming County- The goal is to turn the world inside out through art.
Art teacher Andrea McDonough-Varner heard of the international project "Inside Out" and immediately knew she wanted her students to be a part of it.

"It's about committing to an action statement and getting portraits of people who committed to the action statement so for us it's Williamsport proud and it's celebrating the diversity and beauty in the school's community"

"Inside Out' was started by renowned artist "J-R" last year after winning a  prize from the popular nonprofit, "Ted Talks."  The project's goal is to provide a platform for people to express themselves.

More than 120 thousand people from 108 countries have already taken part...

The Williamsport Edition of Inside Out will begin Saturday afternoon. Lycoming College students are teaming up with Williamsport High School students to take black and white photos of people in the community.

if you are interested in having your picture taken -- head over to the Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport...
    Students are taking photos from one to three in the afternoon.
    The finished mural should be completed by late spring.

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Williamsport Area High School students are inviting the community to join in on a global art movement as they attempt to turn the City of Williamsport “inside out,” one face, one story at a time.

As part of her latest public art initiative, WAHS art teacher Andrea McDonough-Varner is independently organizing a mural idea that is part of the international Inside Out project, a “large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work,” according to its website.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on March 22, WAHS students will work to capture as many black-and-white portraits as possible from those in the city at Jeremiah’s above the Bullfrog Brewery in an event titled “The Inside Out Project: Williamsport Proud.”

The event is free and open to anyone, any age, from any part of the community, according to McDonough-Varner.
Those portraits will be printed as 36-by-53-inch posters and will be installed on the high school’s campus in a display that will “celebrate the diversity, talent, opportunity and beauty found in our school’s community.”

“Inside Out gives everyone the opportunity to share their portrait and make a statement for what they stand for,” McDonough-Varner said. “This project is an ideal way to not only celebrate our community but to build the relationship that the school district has with our families and community members. We want to showcase the best and most beautifully diverse folks in Williamsport and let their portraits tell their story.”

The WASD Education Foundation’s Teacher Mini-Grant Fund is sponsoring McDonough-Varner’s project.
Inside Out creator, JR, won the 2011 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Prize for the effort, and more than 120,000 people around the world and 108 countries have participated in the portrait-producing project, according to its website.

The TED Prize is an annual $1 million award given to an exceptional individual who wishes to spark global change.
For more information on Inside Out, visit www.insideoutproject.net.

Inside Out is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black-and-white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images are made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities.
Posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window to a wall of an abandoned building, or in a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented archived and be made available online at www.insideoutproject.net.
The TED Prize is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $1 million and the TED community’s resources and expertise to spark global change. The award offers support to build a project’s core infrastructure quickly so that others can add their own collaborative action.
The first TED Prize was awarded in 2005, born out of the TED Conference and a vision by the world’s leading entrepreneurs, innovators and entertainers to change the world — one wish at a time.  What began as an unparalleled experiment to leverage the resources of the TED Community to spur global change has evolved into one of the most prestigious prizes.
A TED Prize winner is a rare and powerful combination of someone who knows how to capture the imaginations and make a measureable impact, a visionary and pragmatist, a dreamer and a doer.  From Bono’s the ONE Campaign (2005 recipient) to Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (2010 recipient) and JR’s Inside Out Project (2011 recipient), the TED Prize has helped combat poverty, take on religious intolerance, improve global health, tackle childhood obesity, advance education and inspire art around the world.
For more information on the TED Prize, visit www.ted.com/prize

( Information from ;Greg L. Hayes
Director of the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation & Public Relations)


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