In October 2015, artists Steven and William Ladd opened Currents 111: Scouts or Sports?, a contemporary art exhibition filled with complex, richly crafted and autobiographical works inspired by events and experiences from their shared memories of growing up in St. Louis.
During the final few weeks of the show, the brothers were artists-in-residence at SLAM and worked with 500 local students and community group members on a Scrollathon, an educational and community engagement initiative related to their exhibition and rooted in the artist’s three core values – Spend your Life Doing What you Love, Be Focused and Disciplined, Collaborate.
The Laddds led participants in collaborative art-making workshops where individuals made individual scrolls which were then joined together to create a group art installation titled Crème de la Crème Because It’s the Best of the Best.
This new artwork is on view in the Museum’s Education Center through the last day of the Currents 111: Steven and William Ladd: Scouts or Sports? exhibition, Sunday, February 14. You can also read more about how the Ladd’s developed the Scrollathon concept over the past ten years in this recent article in the Telegraph.