Young artists sought for Moriah project

Grant received for banners

— Young artists are being sought in Moriah to help with a local history project.

The Sherman Free Library in Port Henry has received a New York State Developing Community Arts Grant to fund the creation of 10 banners and stories relating to local history. Children ages 8 to 12 can participate in the project.

“Moriah and Port Henry have a long history of creative artists and craftspeople,” Jackie Viestenz, Sherman Free Library director, said. “And now, thanks to a New York State Developing Community Arts Grant, kids 8-12 will have a chance to make original art celebrating our town’s history.”

The “10 Banners/10 Stories” project will feature local artist Linda Smyth working with children in choosing historic themes and designing 10 different banners that showcase them.

“I know of kids who really want to do this because they take pride in their town,” Smyth said. “The idea is that we will meet with local historians and look at some of the wonderful historic postcards and books at the Sherman Free Library.”

Then, Smyth and the children will discuss possible themes with the goal of making 10 distinctive, weatherproof banners that will go up around downtown Port Henry this summer.

“Made of heavy-duty materials the banners should last for several years if we put them away in the winter,” Smyth said.

Eventually, a book will be published with the help of local writers Jeff Kelly and Frank Martin. The book will include pictures of each banner and brief essays by the children about each banner theme.

The grant provides for the majority of banner costs, but Smyth and team will need additional donations to fund brackets and publishing expenses for the banner book.

“If we receive enough local donations,” Smyth said, “we can expand this project to make custom banners for many more locations across Moriah.”

Children interested in taking part in the project can contact Viestenz at the library, call 546-7461 or Email shermanfreelibrary@yahoo.com

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