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Left to Right: Artist Christopher Kline, student artist Darby Siver, and Laura Sarno
representing the BackPack Program at Ichabod Crane Elementary & Middle School
“O.K. – The Musical” Poster Design by ICC student Darby Siver, 2014
(Jan. 18, 2017) Ichabod Crane student Darby Siver’s poster design for “O.K. –The Musical” was created into a woven blanket as part of Christopher Kline’s O.K. Blankets project. The editioned blanket was purchased by an art curator and collector from Switzerland, with all proceeds being donated to Ichabod Crane Elementary & Middle School’s BackPack Program to feed hungry students.
Siver, who is now in 8th grade, designed the poster back in 2014 as a 5th grader when several 4th and 5th grade classes designed posters. Some were then turned into blankets and went on to be in various exhibitions in 2014 and later (see photos below).
About the BackPack Program:
The BackPack Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children on weekends, when other resources are not available. Organized by the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and the Ichabod Crane Central School District, the BackPack program provides backpacks filled with food that is child-friendly, shelf-stable, and easily-consumed. Bags are packed each week by school staff and discreetly distributed to participating children every Friday afternoon.
Since Ichabod Crane’s “BackPack Program” is funded entirely by local donations, the success of the program depends on fundraising efforts. To see how you can help support the BackPack Program in our schools, view the flyer.
About O.K. Blankets:
O.K. Blankets is a project by Christopher Kline in which he invites students to design posters for a musical about the history of Kinderhook and Northern Columbia County entitled “O.K.– The Musical”. The posters are all displayed alongside his exhibitions, and several posters are chosen to be turned into large, woven blankets. The blankets are displayed in various exhibitions under the student artists’ names, and also available for purchase as a limited artist edition by Kline. All proceeds from the sale of the blankets go to a local charity within the ICC school district. For those interested in purchasing an O.K. Blanket or for more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Christopher Kline:
Christopher Kline is an artist based in Berlin, Germany since 2006. Born and raised in Kinderhook, he graduated from Ichabod Crane with the class of 2000 and received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2004. His current ongoing project is called “O.K.” and focuses on synthesizing the history and lore of Kinderhook. The project centers around the creation of a community theatre musical. “O.K.” has been featured in museums and galleries in Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Denmark and Poland. This spring he will do a new large-scale production of “O.K. – The Musical” at Tate Liverpool in England.
O.K. Blanket designed by Darby Siver on display within Christopher Kline’s
exhibition in Lausanne, Switzerland, 2015.
O.K. Blankets designed by Darby Siver and Samara Regan on display within
Christopher Kline’s exhibition in Lausanne, Switzerland, 2015.
“O.K. – The Musical” poster design by Emma Brusie on display within
Christopher Kline’s exhibition in Berlin, Germany, 2016. Photo by Trevor Good.
“O.K. – The Musical” poster design by Nathan Norton on display within Christopher Kline’s
exhibition in Berlin, Germany, 2016. Photo by Trevor Good.
O.K. Blankets and Posters on display within Christopher Kline’s exhibition in Berlin, Germany, 2014.
Featuring blankets designed by Emma Brusie, Nathan Norton, Ashlyn Hunter, Darby Siver, and
Leia Herrington. Photo by Trevor Good.