The Picket Fence Project, is a collaborative art installation that allows students to have a chance to paint a unique wooden picket depicting his/her own self or an idealized version of themselves. The individual pickets will then be combined into a fence for an installation that we can attach along an existing fence, wall, or other location chosen by the school, creating a permanent visual legacy for their school. This project invokes the power to enhance personal identity and growth while simultaneously providing a sense of place in their community under the guidance of a professional artist. Discussion topics provided by the artist enhance the experience for staff and students.
Virginia Maier is an artist and art teacher living in North Carolina since 2011. She graduated with a BA in Art Education from the University of Arizona in 2008. She has a passion for teaching and using art as a way to connect with each other in community. She has experience working with diverse populations and age ranges, from infants to the elderly. She produces her own artwork and she has exhibited in several local galleries and craft markets as well as participating in community art projects. She coordinates the annual community art event in Garner NC, the Picket Fence Project, which received the Arts and Humanities Award from N.C. Recreation and Park Association for 2017.