Behulum Mengistu works on his graffiti artwork at Trinity College in April.
WHITINGHAM- The Willowell Foundation, in conjunction with the Vermont Folklife Center and Castleton University, will be sponsoring internationally-acclaimed street artist Behulum Mengistu through June 2017. In addition to his work as a fine artist, Mengistu serves as managing director of the One Love Theater, a troupe devoted to educating the community and creating dialogue around important issues like gender equality and HIV/Aids education. Interspersing circus acrobatics with dramatic scenes, for the last 15 years One Love Theater has provided youth with important training in a host of creative arts and has spurred the development of many young people, including Behulum, who are now working artists.
Mengistu will be touring a number of schools throughout the state, including Twin Valley Middle High School, sharing both his art and reflections on his work with the One Love Theater. Schools visited will include Vermont partner educators who traveled to Hawassa, Ethiopia over the last few years as part of the Education and Ethnography course offered through Castleton University.
Mengistu visited the Twin Valley Middle/High School on Tuesday, May 2, for a schoolwide assembly and T-shirt screen-printing event.
For more information on Mengistu contact Matt Schlein at firstname.lastname@example.org.