by Diane VanDyke
Students in Montgomery County Community College’s Drama Club and Theatre Arts program recycled defunct musical instruments to decorate a newspaper box on behalf of the Settlement Music School, Willow Grove, for Creative MontCo’s Artbox Competition.
All of the completed boxes will be on display during the Norristown Arts Hill Festival on Saturday, May 3, where they will be judged. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, PECO and the Montgomery County Foundation Inc., Creative MontCo’s contest challenged artists, nonprofits, community organizations, businesses, etc., to redesign a classic newspaper box and turn it into public art.
Several students—Tyler Sanderson of Skippack, Brian Shim of Ambler, Tim Odom of Lansdale, Matthew Nitchke also of Lansdale, Julia McIntyre of Springfield and Steven Buck of Hatfield—under the direction of Theater Instructor Timothy Gallagher, cut, soldered and welded parts of non-usable old instruments. Using epoxy, they attached the parts to the spray-painted newspaper box to create a G clef and musical notes.
“The students used skills they learned in our Theatre Production Workshop to turn a saxophone, trumpet and flute into these shapes,” said Gallagher. “This was a good starter project for them.”
The project also gave the students an opportunity to help the Settlement Music School, a community school that provides the high-quality instruction in music and the related arts to children and adults, regardless of age, background, ability or economic circumstances.
The students’ project is one of 50 Acts of Kindness that is part of the College’s 50th anniversary celebration. Throughout 2014, MCCC students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters are committed organizing 50 acts of community service – one for every year of the College’s existence. To learn more about the College’s 50th anniversary activities, visit mc3.edu/50.