In collaboration with Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona and Phoenix-based teaching artist Emily Costello, Phoenix Art Museum is proud to present an installation featuring artwork created by teenage boys from a local shelter for unaccompanied minors from Central and South America. Throughout the summer, participants visited the Museum to draw inspiration from the current exhibition, Border Crossings: Mexico and the American Southwest. They shared observations and interpretations, practiced sketching, and learned painting techniques. The results are visually rich narratives that demonstrate how each young artist connects with their roots. The pieces in the installation are diverse, yet reflect shared experiences, issues of heritage, culture, identity, life, love, spirituality, dreams, environment and memories.
Phoenix Art Museum is a long-standing partner of Free Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to using artistic expression to help heal children who have experienced the trauma of abuse, neglect and homelessness.
The Soul of My Roots is organized by Phoenix Art Museum in collaboration with Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. The installation will be on view through November 14 in the Wolfswinkel Education Center Children’s Gallery. It is made possible through the generosity of donors to the Museum’s annual fund.