All of Ms. Clayton's and Mr. Spiguzza's art students recently created a colorful cadre of unique birds, most of which are flying high in our Grand and Grandel windows. Soon birds will popping up in various businesses in the Grand Center neighborhood. A handful of Ms. Clayton's advanced art students joined other students in the area to participate in this creative project. We hope that everyone will join the fun on Friday, May 3rd to go bird watching on Grand Blvd, culminating with a reception and presentation at Craft Alliance at 7:00 p.m. Here is the press release describing the project.   The Grand Bird Project ST. LOUIS (April 10, 2013) Craft Alliance (CA) and Grand Center Arts Academy (GCAA) are pleased to announce The Grand Bird Project, a collaborative project featuring handcrafted birds by students from GCAA, the Saint Louis Art Museum Teen Arts Council and CA’s Crafting-A-Future students. Birds will be flocking to the windows of various Grand Center businesses and restaurants from May 3 through May 26, 2013. As part of First Fridays in Grand Center, there will be a reception at CA’s Grand Center Gallery in the Kranzberg Arts Center* from 6-9pm on May 3 for the participating students, and the public and a music performance at 7:00 p.m. The students were inspired by Ann Coddington Rast’s installation, Flock, featuring 1,200 ceramic birds in-flight, currently at CA’s Grand Center Gallery through May 26, 2013. The student-made birds celebrate the artistic spirit of the Grand Center community, connecting GCAA to CA along Grand Boulevard. The first cluster of birds are installed at GCAA, while other birds have flown home to roost in a variety of Grand Center businesses, including the windows of Salon Edge, Dooley’s Restaurant, City Diner, Jazz St. Louis, The Black Repertory Theatre, Kota, Best Steak House, the Metropolitan Building and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. finishing with a small flock at CA. During the reception and open house at CA on May 3, the project will culminate with a musical performance by Wire Pilots jazz trio at 7pm. “The goal of our project,” according to Dan Rubright, Director of Arts and Community Partnerships at GCAA, “was to create a variation to Rast’s theme and expand on the bird concept literally and metaphorically. Birds represent things that are taking flight, soaring, free, mysterious, powerful, beautiful. What a great metaphor for young learners finding their voice, wings, in their life's journey. The Grand Center district is itself in a new stage of rediscovery, redesign, poised to take flight in exciting new ways. The metaphors are myriad and overlapping. Plus, birds are just cool." “We asked area business owners if they would like a custom bird(s) for their windows that captured the spirit of their business and their own personality. The reactions we got were often hilarious,” notes Rubright. “Basically I was saying to them, ‘Nice to meet you. What kind of bird are you?’ We would both start laughing…but everybody loved the idea.” “It’s been a wonderful experience working with GCAA, CA, and the Contemporary Art Museum for this project,” says Vanity Gee, leader of the Saint Louis Art Museum Teen Arts Council. “We recently held a workshop with Ann and all of our youth groups, and seeing these teens—who didn’t know each other—come together like old friends to make beautiful works of art was really inspiring.” *Craft Alliance is in the Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N. Grand, St. Louis, MO 63103 314.534.7528 The reception is free and open to the public. On display currently at GCAA: