Schmierbach receives grant for "Special Rugs" collaboration with DSNWK

HAYS, Kan. - Amy Schmierbach, professor of art and design at Fort Hays State University, recently received a Socially Engaged Practices Grant from the Surface Design Association to do an art collaboration between FHSU students and clients of Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas.

"Special Rugs" uses discarded fabric and yarn to create woven artwork. The collaboration will teach DSNWK clients arts and crafts skills and will allow them to express themselves through color, texture and design.

Schmierback and the FHSU students will lead the collaboration by preparing materials, assisting in design and construction and teaching weaving techniques.

DSNWK serves community members with a variety of special needs, including autism, Down syndrome and other cognitive disabilities

"The individuals of DSNWK hold a beauty, purpose and individuality that weave our entire community together," said Schmierbach. "The intention of this project is to engage these amazing individuals as well as our Hays community to show their creativity, beauty and love."

"Special Rugs" will be in October and installed at the Hays Public Library for the Spring 2018 Hays Art Walk.

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