Scrollathon was brought to the Cities of Coral Springs and Parkland, Florida as part of The Power of Art: Inspiring Community Healing After Gun Violence, a curated series of five large-scale temporary public art installations designed to use hands-on art-making as one tool to bring the community together during the long healing process. The Power of Art was funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Art Challenge and grew out of Healing with Art, the art therapy program at Coral Springs Museum of Art, which began in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Over the course of two weeks in April 2019, Steven and William engaged with more than 900 participants, including students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD), teachers, senior citizens, veterans and community members during Scrollathons at MSD, the Coral Springs Museum of Art, and Broward Health Coral Springs. Each participant made a work of art that they associated with a personal story and shared that story with the group, demonstrating how contemporary art can become a lens for personal storytelling and giving participants an opportunity to be vulnerable and courageous. Next, participants collaborated by contributing additional mini-scrolls to the collaborative artwork, which came to be titled Growth & Strength.
Growth & Strength, 2019
Embodying the whole project, this title emerged from an MSD student who shared, “In the past year, I have found strength through my community. We were broken into a million pieces; but together we have grown from the tragedy. My scroll represents growth and strength.” Growth & Strength will be on exhibit at the Parkland Recreation and Enrichment Center for one year.
Atlantis Academy Coral Springs, Broward Health Coral Springs, City of Coral Springs, City of Parkland, Coral Glades High School – National Honor Society, Coral Springs Artist Guild, Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs Senior Center at Sartory Hall, Crystal Lake Middle School, Evolve Learning Community, Girl Scout Troops 10883, 10350 and 10351, Girl Up, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Professionals United for Parkland, Saint Andrew Catholic School, ScentsAbility, Shine MSD, The Preserve at Palm-Aire
Steven and William Ladd, two brothers with extensive experience in public art works with a rich body of work consisting of drawing, design and performance art.
Brothers Steven and William Ladd will bring the “Scrollathon” to Parkland and Coral Springs in April of 2019. Scrollathon is a public engagement program the brothers developed in 2006 to give communities creative tools for sharing their experiences and building community through artistic interventions. The Scrollathon will engage 1,000 participants in workshops over a two -week period at the Coral Springs Museum of Art and other locations in Coral Springs and Parkland.
During a Scrollathon, community participants roll materials into scrolls, attaching a personal narrative to their scrolls and collaborating to create one large work of art. Scrollathons began with participants learning about how the artists make and use “scrolls”—a tightly wound strip of fabric secured with a pin. With scrolls as the physical catalyst, the program has evolved into a way of engaging participants to think about what they value in life.
Through hands-on collaboration the Scrollathon bridges a gap between communities and contemporary art, engaging people from all walks of life to create museum quality works of art. In past projects, the Ladds have found the creation and sharing to be an emotional bonding experience that provides cathartic results and builds community. The Scrollathon will result in a large-scale collaborative artwork – a “Scroll Landscape” – that will be exhibited in the community, along with the video and pamphlet documenting the process.
For more about Scrollathon see www.scrollathon.com.
Steven Ladd and William Ladd have dedicated the past eighteen years to collaborating on an international body of work. With a concentrated—almost obsessive—fascination with materials and process, they have forged the foundation for a rich and productive creative process from their common early childhood memories and a close familial bond.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1977 and 1978, the brothers have developed an expanded practice consisting of drawing, sculpture, performance, design, and public art. They have combined a range of techniques, forms and practices, forging a unique aesthetic vocabulary. The brothers have had museum exhibitions at The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; Mingei International Museum, San Diego; Parrish Art Museum, Watermill, NY; Saint Louis Art Museum, Savannah College of Art and Design Museum and the Miami Dade County Museum of Art + Design.
The artists have been honored to receive grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Barbara and Donald Tober Foundation and the Brooklyn Arts Council.
Their engagement program Scrollathon has received major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Knight Foundation through their museum partners.