Bobby Wilson of 1491s Comedy Troupe Took Up Residence at Red Lake Middle School

1491s Bobby Wilson

1491s Bobby Wilson

Two-Week Program was Part of the Turnaround Arts Network  

Published January 16, 2016

RED LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION—Red Lake Middle School welcomed Resident Artist, Bobby Wilson, from the Indigenous comedy troupe, 1491s. Wilson is worked with students and staff from January 4 to 15, 2016.

A large mural has been painted in the middle school’s main hallway.  The mural is inspired from floral beadwork designs on Native American shoulder bags from the 1800’s.  Art teacher, Janel Lackner, stated that about 80 students took part in helping to complete the mural.

Wilson, along with Industrial Technology teacher, Tony Bellino, helped students in the after school program Targeted Services, to complete a painting, on a refurbished bus stop.  The bus stop will be located in the Red Lake Community.  The painting on the bus stop also displays beautiful floral designs.  Supplies for the mural and bus stop were purchased at Home Depot, who provided the school a generous discount.

For the second week of Wilson’s residency, he worked with students in Tara Olson’s Language Arts classes focusing on Spoken Word, which encourages students to write and perform.

This activity was made possible by the Minnesota State Legislature through its arts and cultural heritage fund, as well as the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Red Lake Middle School belongs to a network of Turnaround Arts schools across the country that is using the arts to improve student learning, as part of a national program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and other federal and private partners. In Minnesota, Turnaround Arts is run by the Perpich Center for Arts Education.

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