Community Education to dedicate tapestry to the Center for Family Safety and Healing

Fine Arts, Dark blue tapestry with white printed hand prints and stars

On Feb. 22, Columbus College of Art & Design’s Community Education program will join Sunny 95 and the Center for Family Safety and Healing to dedicate a tapestry created at New Albany Classic’s 20th Anniversary Family Day Event.

The tapestry project, which was led by Tyler Gaca (Fine Arts, 2017), collected hundreds of handprints on transparencies to reprint onto the tapestry using a photo sensitive fabric.

“Not only was the event a good place to share what we offer students through our Saturday Morning Art class by providing an activity,” said Community Education Director Christine Hill, “but it also engaged youth to understand a little about how artists work to create public art as a symbol, in this case of support and solidarity for victims of domestic abuse.”

Fine Arts, Image of Tyler Gaca and children working with dying fabrics

Before the event, CCAD’s group toured the center to get a better feel for the services it provides, which could then influence the art project selected to engage the public. Partnering with Sunny 95, the art tent provided an activity where attendees could create sunprint bookmarks using photo sensitive paper and, of course, donate their handprints to the tapestry project. There was also a raffle to give away free admission to a Community Education class.

“Being able to participate in an amazing community event,” Hill said, “and lend support for this organization is a huge source of pride for CCAD and what Community Education is all about.”

The tapestry dedication will be held at the Center for Family Safety and Healing, 655 E. Livingston Ave., at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22.