Larry Moss: Bringing communities together via art
Larry was one of our last minute additions to the program. Because of this, his talk was quite a bit shorter than we would’ve liked, but I think he manages to hit the mark brilliantly in the time allotted. An artist with a most unusual medium, Larry uses his talents not just to entertain, but to educate and bring people together. He has worked with disparate groups all over the world, and was able to get people who didn’t even share a common language to help build some of the most amazing structures I’ve ever seen.
On a personal note, if you got to meet Larry at the conference you learned the same thing about him as I did: he’s one of the nicest, most genuine people I’ve ever met. I am very glad I got the chance to meet him and learn more about him, and I thought his talk was both inspiring and highly entertaining. Enjoy…
Van Gogh used paint, Rodin worked in bronze, Larry Moss shapes air with his medium of choice: balloons. Larry has displayed his "airigami" in 12 countries on four continents. His achievements have been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records, Associated Press, CNN, PBS, Smithsonian Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, American Profile and Ripley's Believe It or Not!
In this talk, Larry explains how art has the power to build, unite, and transform communities. Over the past 10 years, Larry had used his art to draw people together in creative environments. He says "I've found that the art I create is more accessible to larger audience, due in part to my chosen medium, latex balloons. I've brought together artists and inexperienced volunteers to create family-friendly exhibits and events that have benefited local communities in many ways. When the public is empowered to create art, they embrace their ownership in the work and go out of their way to share it with others, spreading smiles and, in some cases, even raising money with their art to further benefit the community. Through examples of past community art projects, I will demonstrate the power of art in communities."