GREENSBURG — From May 17 through May 22, 2010, New York Artist Sharon Louden will be conducting her nationally recognized workshop Glow Town for over 175 children and public school teachers from Greensburg, and surrounding areas through the 5.4.7 Arts Center in Greensburg.


GREENSBURG — From May 17 through May 22, 2010, New York Artist Sharon Louden will be conducting her nationally recognized workshop Glow Town for over 175 children and public school teachers from Greensburg, and surrounding areas through the 5.4.7 Arts Center in Greensburg.

Sharon Louden has conducted Glow Town all over the country for the past 10 years, through the Education Departments of Museums including the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Katonah Museum of Art, and the Birmingham Museum of Art. Participants of all ages have participated in her workshop, from young children to high school students to adults in corporate team building retreats. Glow Town is for all ages and meant to be an exercise to bring people together to create a fantastical world with simple materials, creating wonder along the way.
Kristen Greenwood, Assistant Curator of Education at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, Alabama, wrote about AGlow Town@ saying:
“Glow Town with Sharon Louden is absolutely the most exciting workshop for adults and families that I have ever participated in! Sharon’s energy is contagious.”
 and it is fascinating to watch strangers emerge as teams as they work together to create their own glowing towns. Glow Town is a fun learning experience on so many levels- it promotes teamwork, it teaches people how to use the resources they have on hand, and the glow in the dark paint adds another dimension to this ultra-cool and ultra-fun workshop. Sharon makes each and every participant feel as though they have the power to create whatever they want and she is there cheering them on. I would recommend this workshop to anyone— it is something you will regret not participating in if you have the opportunity!” November, 2008
 
Numerous donations have been given to the 5.4.7 Arts Center from private donors all over the country to make Glow Town a reality, including a large donation of phosphorescent paint from Golden Artist Colors, Inc. CEO Mark Golden has given 50% of the luminous material to this cause.
 
Sharon M. Louden graduated with a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University, School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, the Drawing Center, Carnegie Mellon University and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Louden’s work is held in major public and private collections throughout the United States, Asia and Europe, including the Neuberger Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.
 
Sharon Louden has lectured and taught for almost 20 years since graduating from Yale in 1991. She has taught studio and professional practice classes to students of all levels in colleges and universities throughout the United States, including Kansas City Art Institute, College of Saint Rose, Massachusetts College of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Tyler School of Art. Louden has conducted Glow Town workshops to many different types of groups including adults for Corporate Team Building retreats, children of all ages, and high school kids from across the country. She is also active on three boards and volunteers her time to artists all over the country to further their careers. Sharon Louden is a full-time practicing, professional artist who lives and works in New York City.
 

The 5.4.7 Arts Center is a community arts center to raise awareness of fine arts, both visual and performing, make arts accessible to everyone and provide an environment to create and learn through classes, exhibits and performances. The name comes from the date of the tornado that devastated Greensburg May 4, 2007.
 
As the town of Greensburg is still in the process of rebuilding, and Greensburg and the area towns do not have arts education nor funding for the arts, Glow Town will be a special event for students K-12. Still being taught in trailers awaiting for the main school in Greensburg to be completed, Glow Town will be held at the Greensburg Schools Auditorium in sessions conducted in the mornings and afternoons daily through the week of May 17-22nd, 2010.
 
Additional information about Sharon Louden can be found on her website at www.sharonlouden.com and about 5.4.7 Arts Center at www.547artscenter.org. For details about Glow Town and further media inquiries, please call or email Stacy Barnes at sbarnes@547artscenter.org or (620) 723-2600.