Lezlie Silverstein is a teaching artist from Houston, Texas who has earned her BFA in Photography and Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and is a 2006 graduate of the St. Louis Regional Art Commission's Community Arts Training Institute (CAT). The CAT Institute is an innovative program in St. Louis centered on the belief that art has the power to be an agent for social change and that art can engage the voices of those who may not be heard. Having over 15 years of experience in arts education, Silverstien remains passionate and enthusiastic about teaching art, curriculum development, and art.
In 2015 Silverstien moved to Baltimore and entered the Master of Fine Arts in Community Arts (MFACA) program of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). As an MFACA candidate, simultaneously serving as an AmeriCorps member, she is the 2015-2016 Artist-in-Residence of Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts (AFSIVA) high school in West Baltimore. At AFSIVA Silverstien created an afterschool program called the SPACEmakers, where 15 young artists work together to transform public interior and exterior spaces at their school. One of the SPACEmakers’ projects is a sanctioned graffiti space in the school’s courtyard. Her vision for the space includes promotion of safe practices while encouraging big ideas.
From 2004-2009 Silverstein served as Artist-in-Residence teaching Craft Alliance’s Mural Arts Program (MAP). During that time, she and her students created and installed over 20 ceramic tile murals throughout the city of St. Louis. In 2010, after moving back to Houston, Silverstien gained valuable training and experience working as a Discovery Guide for the Children’s Museum of Houston. Discovery Guide teams are trusted to be the “face” of the CMH mission, Transforming communities through innovative, child-centered play. Her responsibilities included leading school tours and facilitating workshops and special events.
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Lezlie Silverstein is a Community Artist.
She is a collaborator.
She is a teacher and a learner.
Within each community a studio is created.
The SPACEmakers after school program was created as part of the 2015-2016 CAC/AmeriCorps residency at Augusta Fells Savage Visual Arts Institute High School(AFSIVA), in west Baltimore.
SPACEmakers : Re-vision learning & space.
Transforming AFSIVA’s courtyard into an outdoor art studio has had a substantial impact, celebrating youth culture and creativity while de-criminalizing Graffiti. Support and permission from the school community has grown into praise and recognition for the makers. The young people are spending more time outside and teachers open their shades and remember to look outside! SPACEmaker artists consistently and enthusiastically ‘participate to create’, learning the underlying history, theory, and making of graffiti artworks, which is sanctioned by the school’s administration.
In the SPACEmakers’ spray paint lab, students learn application techniques, storage requirements, clean up and personal safety procedures, while understanding legal ramifications of graffiti arts as well as developing ‘standards of practice’ for the school in a shared legal graffiti space.
We have great need for supplies to continue to teach this art form and to keep the teens engaged and learning ongoing through the middle of August 2017.
This is where Art Room Aid comes in. This online platform provides the tools to put together a list of supplies without which my vision for leading students in art projects simply can’t happen. Art Room Aid is easy to use for project leaders like me- and for generous contributors to help make art possible..