Art in the Garden
Once again Orlando Junior Academy celebrated its annual Art in the Garden festival. This time of year the school’s pollinator garden is a profusion of color and life and the students gather around it to learn about the connection between art and the natural world. Fourteen volunteers from our community and beyond came to share their talents and encourage a discussion about the process of creativity. Among the artists represented were: painters, writers, musicians, a landscape architect, an environmental consultant and a performance artist (who became the above “living statue”). All of these generous artists showed how a garden, through inspiration, can be translated into a unique work of art. Students came prepared to ask thoughtful questions about creativity and craft and were inspired by the discussions that followed. OJA continues to be a place where a child’s education is engaging and experiential. It is also a place that embraces the generosity of its village.
As one of our visiting artists wrote: “…from the beautiful campus to the amazing food to the warm staff and the close-knit volunteers, OJA students are clearly the beneficiaries of a great deal of hard work, community support, and treat-every-child-like-he’s-your-child affection. It’s encouraging to me to see the next generation being raised with so much love, and I’m so glad to have gotten the opportunity to see it.”
Thanks to all who made this such a beautiful day.