Robin Rhode is an artist who’s managed to turn his bullied past into a liberating experience for kids. Growing up in Johannesburg during the apartheid, he was hazed by upperclassmen to draw pictures on the bathroom walls. Roughly 30 years later, Rhode is now sketching similar works – at will – for a good cause. Partnering with New York-based nonprofit Time In – a program that connects kids to the arts, the South African native recently invited 37 South Bronx first-graders to interact with his wall drawings in a Lower East Side gallery.
Essentially turning the space into a giant coloring book, Rhode allowed the students to shade the walls with life-sized crayons. Working in teams of two, the kids joyfully did what no gallery space or household ever encourages.
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