Reaching Out - Joining Hands

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Awesome video on the art's creation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie7Zy2xYAGM

Credit: carienquiroga (the artist) //

In 2006, Carien Quiroga was commissioned by the DCCAH to create a mosaic mural for the Sherwood Recreational Center in D.C. Quiroga, who also provided art workshops for children at Sherwood, said that this project was inspired by an activity at the center called “hand dancing,” which originated in D.C. in the 1950’s as a version of swing. The name comes from the fact that while dancing, the two partners’ hands are always joined in some way. According to Quiroga, “the simple act of joining hands and reaching out to one another can lead to the building of bridges across all boundaries that exist within communities.” Her mural portrays how Sherwood does exactly this; it unites community members. This project is one of several commissioned by the DCCAH with the goal of revitalizing D.C.’s recreation facilities to create a more inviting and community-oriented environment.

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DCArts
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Inside the Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th St, NE

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