Outreach and Community

FRANK is working on a number of fronts and with many community partners to offer educational programs and exhibit space. FRANK has worked with children, teens, seniors, the mentally ill, cancer patients, and refugees. FRANK is involved with: 

Karen refugees from Burma.  A team of community volunteers and FRANK artists has been working with Karen youth and families, teaching drawing, painting and photography to help them document their experiences and access their artistic voices.  FRANK member artists Nerys Levy, Gordon Jameson, Barbara Tyroler, Sandy Milroy and Mary Lamb work with the Karen youth at Transplanting Traditions, an Orange County farm that is helping the Karens learn skills they need to farm in North Carolina’s climate.  Currently, FRANK members are working one-on-one with six Karen teens, aged 15-19. 

The North Carolina Museum of Art Photography Consortium, a group of community partners dedicated to educating the public about fine art photography, a consortium that FRANK formed in 2011 and expanded in 2012 and 13. The centerpiece exhibition of the 2013 consortium was FRANK:inFocus: Through the Lens, a photography exhibit that showcased the work of FRANK artists and photographers, with panel discussions on lens-based art at the Ackland Museum of Art.  The consortium has offered more than 20 free events to the community, with topics ranging from collecting photography as art to journalism practices in documenting for publications.

 Kidzu, a Chapel Hill interactive children’s museum. FRANK has brought programs to youngsters up to age eight at both Kidzu and FRANK locations. In conjunction with the FRANK:inFocus festival, member artist Barbara Tyroler taught a workshop at Kidzu Museum on how to photograph your child, emphasizing meaning and memory associated with family photographs.  Kidzu participants also visited FRANK to learn about color and emotions through making collaborative paintings during The Blues show.

The Community Outreach Gallery, which has featured work from patients at the psychiatric, oncology and hematology units of UNC Health Care System as well as those in the pediatric ward at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.  

Seniors. FRANK has sponsored activities with Carolina Meadows, Carol Woods, and various retirement and creative aging centers in the Triangle. A group from Croasdaile Retirement Community visited the gallery and enjoyed a discussion, over tea, with FRANK artists to learn about FRANK artists, exhibits and activities. 

Teens. At-risk, high achieving teens from a pre-college community program have had their photography work critiqued and exhibited at FRANK.  FRANK also invited young designers to create fashions for the Rubbish 2 Runway exhibit.  High school students, working with The Sacrificial Poets, performed their poetry.

Salons.  FRANK’s Thursday evening salons enliven the community through programs hosted by FRANK’s own artists as well as guest artists and experts. Salons have featured guest artists reading original poetry, presenting theatrical skits and performing traditional and experimental music. FRANK artists also have demonstrated traditional pottery techniques, black-and-white and infrared photography, encaustic painting, eco farming, dance, bookmaking as art, bee keeping, wallpaper and tile design and drawing.