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The Transcendence Project

Haili Johnson, left, works on a piece of artwork with her Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor, Jessica Leach. They, along with other mentor pairs, contributed to an Our Kids: Our Business art creation by Tiffany Patterson.   Photo courtesy of Tiffany Patterson (Photo courtesy of Tiffany Patterson)

The 11 different artistic expressions that make up the Our Kids: Our Business Transcendence Project are part of April’s First Friday art walk, which runs Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Spokane. About a third of the Transcendence Project art will remain in place throughout April.

Listed here are the art works that are part of Our Kids: Our Business Transcendence Project.

For a complete list of all First Friday happenings, see next Thursday’s Today section or go to first-friday.php.

“Hope for the Future.” Performance art team The Koalas is working with Spokane’s Youth Suicide Prevention Program and Washington Youth ’n’ Action. Odd Fellows Building, 1017 W. First Ave.

“Tic-Tac-Toe in the Community.” Visual artists Cori McWilliams and Dani Pavlic are working with The Little Red School House and Community-Minded Television to document different forms of “x’s and o’s” found in various Spokane neighborhoods that will be projected onto the Little Red School House’s downtown windows, 621 W. Sprague Ave.

“Give Peace a Chance.” M.E.A.D. Alternative High School is partnering with the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane on a project about human rights abuses in the Gaza Strip. It culminates with performance and songs for peace at the Community Building, 35 W. Main Ave.

“Blanketing the Community.” The Salvation Army, led by volunteer Sarah Hoffart, has built a blanket fortress that will showcase the Salvation Army’s programs as well as serve as a venue for a performance by the Army’s brass band. STA Plaza, 701 W. Riverside Ave.

“A Brighter Future.” Muralist Tiffany Patterson and community mentors from Goodwill Industries’ Mentoring Children of Promise and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest have created a multilayered painting. The Music City Building, 1011 W. First Ave.

“Ball Painting.” Spokane County Head Start, Early Head Start and ECEAP illuminate the benefits of creativity at the earliest age. Community Warehouse, 17 W. Main Ave.

“Hiding, Trespassing and Remembering: A Collective Passageway Through Isolation.” Ken Jernberg and Teresa Droz have long used art in their learning environment at Volunteers of America’s Crosswalk teen shelter. The student-designed installation documents the youths’ experiences living on the streets. Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, 115 S. Adams St.

“The Transcendence Project.” The art team Boys Who Like Butterflies is working with Lutheran Community Services, Odyssey Youth Center and Partners with Families and Children on a three-part interactive exhibit about gender and sexual violence. New Madison Apartments, 1031 W. First Ave.

“Mother Tree.” Artist Tessa Swoboda is partnering with Catholic Charities’ Childbirth and Parenting Assistance to depict motherhood through the painting of an 8-foot mother tree. Community Warehouse, 17 W. Main Ave.

“Blueprint Exhibition: Art/Urban Planning.” Futurewise, a sustainable development agency, is sponsoring the exhibition of a traveling art show focused on visionary trends in urban planning complemented by a similarly themed exhibit at Saranac Art Projects. The Saranac Building, 25 W. Main Ave.

“2010 Earth Turners Convergence.” Community Minded Enterprises’ teen-eco-guerrilla-art force, the Youth Sustainability Council, demonstrates its pioneering gathering spaces concept, complete with an indoor park, community sculpture, sustainable living workshops and Dance “Par-tay.” New Madison Apartments, 1023 W. First Ave.

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