The ArtPrize entry, “Color Out the Darkness” is collaborative effort with the artist Carol Roeda and the Salvation Army. It made the top 20 in the public vote and also connected with people who can relate to having dark moments in their lives…
This is an example of when an artist and an organization come together how amazing things can happen to color out the darkness.
Carol Roeda of Roeda Studio worked with 25 children who had cancer, they created books, and talked about the day they were diagnosed with cancer. They start coloring together and they created beautiful books. The Salvation Army heard about the project and what she was thinking about, what she was trying to develop, what her thoughts were, where she was coming from spiritually, and Major Norman Granger saw it as an easy fit.
“The whole thing is about light and dark, and the light and dark that works through all of us. It’s not like some people are in the dark and some people are in the light. We are always shifting to various degrees of that.”
Ayana George went through a dark period in her life after the birth of her first child, suffering from an illness, being a single Mom and realizing she needed help.
“I still needed that extra push, extra help so that’s why I reached out to the Salvation Army.” says Ayana.
Carol feels our experiences are all different and that we all go through darkness and we all experience light if we are open to learning and humble ourselves through those experiences.
The Salvation Army has traditionally reached out to people in dark places, offered hope, offered light in an attempt to bring some color to their world.
“It’s wonderful to be out here and hear from people the wonderful experiences that they have had with the Salvation Army.” says Carol.
“Of course they are not just going to make all your problems go away. But the fact that they are there to help you, they are encouraging you to do what you should do and they are trying to get you where you want to be. You have to work as well, with your help they’ll help color out the darkness.” shares Ayana.
ArtpPrize offers the opportunity for artistic expression, a unique connection to the community and in this case, healing as well. You can see Carol Roeda’s piece “color out the darkness” at the ford museum and still get your vote in for your favorite piece.