Fort Pulaski National Monument has recently announced their plans for a temporary art exhibition displaying art works created by students from 16 different schools across Georgia.
The exhibition, titled “The Impacts of Change” contains works by students who were encouraged to make art depicting the changes to Fort Pulaski and its’ surrounding Cockspur Island since the fort’s construction and on into the future. Created by more than 300 students the 50 plus pieces each offer distinctly varied takes on the given theme featuring everything from depictions of battle, to the effects of rising sea levels and climate change.
Fort Pulaski was initially created in the wake of The War of 1812 as a new level of coastal defense, thought to be highly impenetrable to the era’s caliber of weaponry and artillery. Construction began in 1829 and wasn’t finished until eighteen years later in 1847. While the fort was initially held by the confederacy it was later overrun and claimed by union forces who used it as both a defensive position and later as a holding camp for confederate prisoners of war. After the war, the fort was declared a national monument in the early 1920’s and remains open to the public as a museum and historic landmark.
The upcoming exhibition was created in cooperation with the International Fiber Collaborative or IFC which was created to “create deeper learning experiences through art, collaboration, and cross-curricular-themed programming for individuals and their communities,” according to the exhibition’s press release.
Started in 2008, The IFC “promotes community programs that create collaborative opportunities in art and civic engagement that link learning and creativity in the arts to science, math, engineering, and the humanities. Public programming has been a catalyst for creativity in health care facilities, libraries, schools, museums, and other locations.”
The group has served over nine thousand students across more than 300 schools in the last school year alone according to their website.
Schools included in the exhibition include, Heard County High School, Jenkins High School, Long County Middle School, Luella Middle School, Mattie Lively Elementary, May Howard Elementary School, Myers Middle School, Oglethorpe Charter School, Richmond Hill High School, Richmond Hill Middle School, Saint Marys Elementary School, Screven Elementary School, Shuman Elementary School, Southwest Middle School, Statesboro High School, and Tybee Island Maritime Academy
The exhibition is currently planned to be on display through April 5th however with the Fort currently closed amid concerns of COVID-19, the exhibition is still available for viewing online at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmFYadfs.