What to Expect: Location of Scrollathon to be announced.
About Project: The Cities of Coral Springs and Parkland, along with the Coral Springs Museum of Art, are bringing Steven and William Ladd’s Scrollathon to our community as part of the Cities’ Bloomberg Public Art Challenge program “The Power of Art: Inspiring Community Healing after Gun Violence.” Scrollathon is one of five hands-on art projects, with the goal of providing opportunities and outlets for healing and social cohesion.
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.