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Alfred University ‘Art Force Five’ to perform at Strong Museum of Play
9/18/09

The “Art Force Five,” the art heroes group from Alfred University’s Drawn to Diversity program, will perform an interactive presentation at 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17 and Sunday, Oct. 18 at Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester. The performance is part of the opening weekend events for the museum’s “American Comic Book Heroes: The Battle of Good vs. Evil” exhibit.

Members of the Art Force Five — all students — will trace the changing face of comic heroes alongside our nation’s journey toward equality.
The Alfred University Drawn to Diversity program was created in 2005 as a service-learning project to teach history, inspire artists, cultivate dialogue, and fight ignorance.

For this particular project, Adviser Dan Napolitano, an alumnus from AU classes of ’93 and ’98 and director of Student Activities at AU, leads the group through an informational and interactive performance packed full of history, magic, and art.

The performance includes multicultural lessons, slide shows, art projects, audience participation, and interactive discussion with the Art Force Five, played by a rotating group of students. Each “character” wears and apron representing his/her “super power” and uses strategic language and images to combine the secret power and artistic challenge into one character.

The five members of the Art Force Five are: Graphite, the illustrator; Brushstroke, the painter; 3D, the sculptor; Runway, the fashion designer; and Zoom, the photographer.

For more information about Drawn to Diversity, contact Napolitano at napolitano@alfred.edu.

The Strong National Museum of Play is located at One Manhattan Square in downtown Rochester. Museum hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Admission prices are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for children ages 2-15, and free for children younger than two and Strong Museum members.

For more information on the Strong National Museum of Play contact Susan Trien at 585.410.6359 or by e-mail at strien@museumofplay.org. General information about the museum can be found at www.museumofplay.org.