Community Education Initiatives

Organized by Helen Frederick for Pyramid Atlantic

Making Connections, 1996-2002, a one-week full scholarship program for high school students is established as an annual program at Pyramid Atlantic. The program provided instruction in printmaking, bookmaking and career planning for college. Funded by the Maryland State Arts Council and private contributions.

Making Connections, Reading as Process, Art as Content, 1999-2003 a visual literacy initiative and accreditation program for teachers in Maryland to receive required 6 credits for reading in the classroom. The program featured a reading specialist, studio activities to produce artist books, visiting artists, museum field trips and lesson planning. Funded by Howard County and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Telling Their Stories, 2005, a 12 week long evening program for the immigrant population of South Silver Spring provided instruction with a folklorist, printmaker, paper artist, bookmaker and visiting artists to enable a diverse group of inter-generational ages to make artists books and present them to the public. Funded by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Maryland State Department of Economic Development and private contributions.

Page as Stage, 2006, a comprehensive visual literacy workshop program linking writers, visual artists, printers and students of various ages to the history and content of the printed page, with hands-on studio experience and performance presentations. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


Visiting Lecturer, Mills College, Oakland, CA, Visiting Lecturer, Graduate Book Department, February 1989

Lecturer, Mountain Lake Project, Polytechnic University, Blacksburg, VA, July 1993

Presenter, Performing and Visual Arts International Festival, Rabat, Morocco, December 1993

Events in American Printmaking, Since the Velvet Revolution, ULUV Exhibition Hall, Prague, the Czech Republic, opening ceremony for Crossing Over/ Changing Places exhibition, 1993; and Rockville Art Place, Rockville, MD, 1996

Lecturer, American Printworks Now, Academy of Fine Arts and Academy of Applied Arts, Prague, the Czech Republic, April, 1993

Presenter, Psychology of Time as Explored Collaboratively with Elements of Nature and Environmental Associations, presenter for the conference Art and Nature, Salisbury State College, Salisbury, MD, 1996

Presenter, Collaboration and the Book Arts: Creating and Publishing, The Mitchell Gallery, St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD, March, 1998.

Presenter, Professional Development Workshop for the Artists-in-Education Program, Maryland State Arts Council, Baltimore, MD, June 1998.

Lecturer, The Multiple Book, Turning Up the Page, University of Kansas City Missouri, March, 1999.

Panelist with Sandra Kroupa, Artists Books of the Nineties, University of Washington Libraries and Harry Reese, University of California, Santa Barbara, at the Southern Graphic Arts Council Annual Conference, University of Arizona, Tempe, Arizona, March, 1999

Presenter, Making Connections, and Crafts As A Micro-Enterprise, The World Bank, Washington DC, February, 2000

Presenter,National Juried Exhibition of Artist Books, Maryland Federation of the Arts. Baltimore. MD, November 2000

Lecturer, Books Speak, Out of the Mainstream, Montgomery College, Takoma Park, MD, 2001

Lecturer, Collaboration At Its Best, Virginia Commonwealth University, September 2002

Lecturer, From Gutenberg to Spielberg, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, October, 2003

Presenter, Collaboration At Its Best, Lecture, Philadelphia Print Collaborative, The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PA, June 2003

Visiting Staff Presenter, Smithsonian Institute:
The Silk Road, Smithsonian Folk Like Festival, June-July, 2002. Presented Khotan papermaker Mr. Tohtu Baqi, to over 5,000+ visitors to the Paper Garden, the Washington, DC Mall.

Lecturer, Contemporary Art In Paper, Terra Cognita Contemporary Artist Lecture Series, The Morris Museum, Augusta, Georgia, April, 2004

Lecturer, Mapping Dimensional Terrains in 2005, Towson State University, Towson, MD, April, 2005

Lecturer, Hollins College, September 2008

Graduate Critic:
University of Augusta, Augusta, Georgia, Spring, 2004

Printmaking Graduates, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, Spring, 2003

Painting/Printmaking Graduate Students, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, 2000 to present

Memphis College of Art and Design, Memphis, TN, Spring, 2000

University of the Arts, Book Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA, 1999-present

Public Network Presentations / Videos
Pyramid Atlantic, Channel 9, Washington, DC, Maureen Bunyan, Cover Story, July, 1991

BRAVO, A Decade of Paper, Feature Story, October 1991

WETA, All Around Town, Feature Story by At Critic Bill Dunlap, November 1991

Pyramid Atlantic, The Art of Collaboration, produced by VideoArt Productions, Marty Huberman, director, 1997

Athens Arts, Feature Story, Crossing Over / Changing Places Exhibition, Athens, Greece, 1999

Coffee House Productions, Maryland Public Television, THE CREATION and the NINTH ANNUAL PYRAMID ATLANTIC BOOK ARTS FAIR, 2004

Art Table Oral History Project, Washington DC, Interview with Andrea Pollan
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