The Domiciles Project Opens Doors at Indian River

An Artistic Experience


Artist Alan Tuttle brought his traveling exhibit of doors to Indian River High School a few weeks ago.  Many students traveled down to the theatre with their English (and other) classes to see the doors displayed, on stands on or in front of the stage.  A fair number of these visitors seemed to draw inspiration from both the viewing of this art and in many cases, time they spent listening to the artist and asking him about his work.

Students were invited to create their own works of art–stories and poetry largely, based on an individual door they chose to take notes on.

One example is Door# 1, with a poem and short story posted by members of the IR community, shared with the world here.  The poem, “What Did I Do Wrong?” is by Kayla Ruttan, and the short story “Not the Lady or the Tiger…” is by an IRHS English teacher under the tongue-in-cheek pseudonym MC Anderson.

“I assigned a piece to all my Creative Writing students, of course, but I didn’t think I was personally going to be inspired, ” Mr. Anderson stated in a brief interview. “But then I wrote three pages!  The only trouble was that when I posted, all my spacing got removed, and I don’t know how to fix it.”

Fellow English Department teacher Mrs. Burt indicated several of her students had posted to the site as well, including Nathaniel Bajakian- #5, Haley Mandakunis- #7, Paedra Tabor- #8, Aries Ramirez- #9, Christian Colvard- #12, and Alex Kirkby- #13.

Mrs. Gorman recommended a piece by Junior Emma Bonk, also about Door #13, which can be found here.

Mr. Tuttle’s doors also made appearances at both Governeur High School and Odgensburg Free Academy in September.

A excerpt from the main page of Tuttle’s website  gives a bit of background: “In 2011 [I] convinced the venerable Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, to partner with [me] in presenting “The Rehoboth Art League Domiciles Project” at two area school districts as the first of several pilots to test [the] objective of inspiring people to write in depth, with eloquence and style, as opposed to the abbreviated jargon characteristic of vehicles such as email, texting, twitter and similar message conveyances that have all but obliterated and dehumanized the writer’s thoughts behind the words.”

Tuttle’s stated goal is ultimately to finish 50 such doors, and with future support from patrons, to display them in shopping malls across the country.

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