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Worldspan helping kids build pride through art

Atlanta: Worldspan<.> hosted more than 60 third, fourth and fifth graders from Atlanta's Towns Elementary School on…

Atlanta: Worldspan<.> hosted more than 60 third, fourth and fifth graders from Atlanta's Towns Elementary School on Tuesday, December 18, for the official presentation of four original acrylic-on-canvas paintings. The students created the artwork especially for Worldspan under the Creating Pride Corporate Art Program. Paul J. Blackney, president and chief executive officer for Worldspan, along with representatives from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which participated in the project, were on hand to welcome the students and view their paintings.

Creating Pride is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping economically disadvantaged school children in Atlanta build self-confidence and awareness through hands-on art projects. Through Creating Pride's Corporate Art Program, Worldspan commissioned the Towns Elementary students to create four large "patchwork" paintings, with each child painting a single square on the 36-inch x 48-inch canvases.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra education department participated in the project, providing a special curriculum designed to help students explore how composers create melody and understand the link between music and the visual arts. In fact, the Worldspan-sponsored paintings share the theme of the orchestra's 2001-2002 Young People's Concerts-Melody: A Line in Motion.

The paintings will be exhibited December 21-22 at Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center during the Brandenburg Celebration, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's performances of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, conducted by Robert Spano and sponsored by Worldspan. Following the concert series, the artwork will be permanently displayed at Worldspan's corporate offices.

During the December 18 unveiling, Worldspan presented each young artist with a recorder as a keepsake of their project combining art and music.

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