On November 20, 2011, more than 1,600 visitors of all ages were on hand for Extreme Materials 2 Family Day. They enjoyed presentations by two longtime friends of the MAG—musician and instrument inventor Ward Hartenstein (above left) and storyteller Jay Stetzer (above center)—as well as activities led by Creative Workshop instructors Eddie Davis III, Maggie Schied and Robin Whiteman.
The finale for the day was the extreme fashion show (above right) coordinated by another Workshop instructor, Raul Siro Ferreira. It featured nearly 30 designs, most by students from area school districts, and even a diaper vest designed by Workshop curriculum director Rachael Baldanza. Young visitors were also invited to grace the catwalk and show off hats made during the afternoon. Pictured at left: Allison Tavino, a teacher at Dake Junior High in West Irondequoit, modeled a Dunkin’ Donuts wedding dress and veil.
“It was such a pleasure to be a part of such a rich real world experience,” writes Suzanne Jacobs, K-12 art coordinator at the West Irondequoit Central School District. “The combination of learning experiences made this an incredibly valuable opportunity for kids as they learned about the intersections between art, fashion, photography, stage presence, teamwork, advertising, media and journalism.”
Photos by Brandon K. Vick.