Bryn Mawr students, faculty, and staff will gather in Norristown this Saturday, Oct. 23, for Community Mural Day, a new event sponsored by the Graduate School of Social Work and Research, the Civic Engagement Office, and the Artists Cooperative for Personal and Professional Advancement Community Arts Center.
How to Register
The CEO van will leave Pembroke Arch on Saturday at 9 a.m. and will return to campus at 2 or 3 p.m. To register, fill out this form. If you can’t stay for the whole event but would still like to participate, register online and check the box asking how to be reimbursed for travel costs.
The Bryn Mawr contingent will be helping ACPPA, the nonprofit organization that operates the art center, to paint murals. They will be installed at a family center operated by ACLAMO, or the Acción Comunal Latinoamericana de Montgomery County, a bilingual social-service agency focused on improving access to economic, social, educational, and health opportunities for low-income families in Montgomery County.
The College has a longstanding partnership with the ACPPA. Using art as a tool for personal development and community empowerment, ACPPA provides many services to the Norristown community, including family art workshops and children’s after-school programs. Throughout the year, Bryn Mawr students go in groups or individually to the ACPPA Community Arts Center, where they participate in community events like Family Paint Jams or run their own workshops in everything from puppet-making to Latin dance.
This Saturday, Bryn Mawr undergraduates will be focused on providing children’s art projects and games for the children participants while the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and the ACPPA paint images of Central American village life to be hung at the ACLAMO center, a converted bank building.
Community Mural Day is one of several ACPPA events in which the Bryn Mawr campus community participates. Other events include Parents’ Night Out, a monthly, low-cost childcare alternative for the Norristown community; and the Fall Family Festival, a street fair promoting the arts at ACPPA.