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Art on B-Line Trail Culminates from Cultural Exchange

The B-Line Trail is officially open and is not only busy with joggers, but artists.

The B-Line Trail is officially open and is not only busy with onlookers, but artists.

The trail gave two educators, Gracia Valliant and Sara Irvine, an idea of how to get students involved with art, and not just from Bloomington.

“I really love the way art can be a communication device in any language,” says Templeton Elementary teacher Sara Irvine. The project she co-facilitated is through a program called “Art Across the Americas.”

Last year they raised twenty-seven thousand dollars through sponsorships to travel to Guatemala to complete a mural. After securing a twenty five thousand dollar Lilly grant, Guatemalen participants came here to return the favor.

Colin Diersing is one of the student artists. “In San Juan, we painted textiles from around the world because we were painting the back of a textile trop, but because we are on the B-Line Trail, this time the theme from art around the B-Line Trail is movement so we’re going some various roads with and each student is painting a mode of transportation and a piece of architecture from Bloomington to San Juan.”

Various Bloomington families are hosting the group. The project will be completed on Saturday.

Joe Hren

Anchor, Indiana Newsdesk - WTIU & WFIU News. Follow him on Twitter @Joe_Hren

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