Students learn and teach through performance art

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Renee LeBleance, 25, of Upper Township and Michael Letizia, 21, of Linwood stand by their storyboard. “When you do drugs, so does the baby,” Letizia said. Renee LeBleance, 25, of Upper Township and Michael Letizia, 21, of Linwood stand by their storyboard. “When you do drugs, so does the baby,” Letizia said. MAYS LANDING – Students in Professor Richard Monteleone’s art appreciation class at Atlantic Cape Community College expressed their artistic abilities through performance Tuesday, Feb. 14.

The class has been studying public art in the forms of performance and activist art. Monteleone said the class broke into groups to study important social issues. Subjects they chose to investigate were the effects of addiction on pregnant women, body image, conquering fears and achieving goals, bullying, AIDS awareness, and binge drinking.

They gathered information and made presentations in the J Building lobby.

“When you involve students at this creative level, I think it is much more effective than listening to me read slides for three hours,” he said.

Each group of students presented information including statistics, images and where to go for help – all with the goal of spreading awareness.

“The goal of performance art is to have a direct impact on our lives,” Monteleone said. “If we can affect one person’s day who is walking by, it was a success.”







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