The Neighborhood Scroll: A Crankie Portrait Project for All Ages

Brian Counihan |

In this 90-minute workshop, artist and educator Brian Counihan will introduce a storytelling art form rooted in Appalachian tradition. Crankies, or moving panoramas, are drawings or paintings that can be manually scrolled within a boxed “stage.” Participants will develop basic scripts, create imagery, and use their crafting skills to create a portrait of an important place, person, or event in the neighborhood. Future workshops can include making complete performance-ready crankies in a preferred media, such as quilting, collage or watercolors.

Participants: 10 to 20
Ages: All
Value: $600.00
Requirements: Please provide a room with lots of table space, ideally with one or two big tables that everyone can gather around. Prepare to reach out to a wide range of voices from across the neighborhood. We want all ages to participate!

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