Art and Philadelphia public schools are getting a shared and much needed boost through the Brandywine Art festival set to launch on November 1st. Labanya Mookerjee, an enterprising senior student, has high hopes for the festival, and aims to gather works from all across the local educational community.
Penn State Brandywine senior Labanya Mookerjee has turned her summer internship into a campus-wide initiative aimed at saving art in Philadelphia public schools by hosting a Fresh Artists Festival on Thursday, Nov. 1.
As part of her internship with the Brandywine Laboratory for Civic Engagement over the summer, Mookerjee worked with Fresh Artists, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to developing a sustainable funding stream of art supplies for under-resourced schools in Philadelphia. In an effort to keep the initiative alive, she is planning the festival to raise money for the nonprofit. Community members will be invited to donate to charity and, in return for their generosity, they will receive an original piece of local artwork.