Graduate student Lindsey Bailey is spearheading an art project that collaborates the work of three Nashville schools and will display their students’ works on Belmont’s campus next year.
Bailey, who is working on her master’s degree in education, created Deliciously Happy as an offshoot of her graduate research. Through the project she works with students from the University School of Nashville, Bordeaux Elementary and Lead Academy to create social issue-based stories and accompanying art work. Through her fundraising efforts, Bailey has provided project supplies and video crews to document the students’ works for 12 of the planned 24 workshops.
The Deliciously Happy gallery will be open at Belmont University Feb. 27 – March 23 with an opening reception 5- 7 p.m. March 1. The gallery will include projected animations, costumes, colorful props and stage pieces.
“For me, this project is about showing how important art is as a tool to spark people into sharing ideas and working together, one that spans cultures, socioeconomic standing and is widely intergenerational,” Bailey said. “Art making is transformative and helps people be receptive to new information and experiences, leading to positive change and personal growth. It’s a chance for me to collaborate with students from all over Nashville and applaud youth voice.”
Bailey’s work has recently been featured at D!verseWorks Art Space for the Houston Fine Art Fair and Texas Contemporary Art Fair in Houston and at the Sideshow Fringe Festival at Belmont University in Nashville. In December and January, she will have work featured at the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut.