Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ruth Lande Shuman, founder and president of Publicolor, talks about the nonprofit, which uses color, collaboration, design, and painting to re-engage students in their education, schools, and communities.


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Comments [7]

Amy from Manhattan

I hope there's some representation of the colors that many but not most of the children like. There are enough surfaces in schools that kids w/less popular tastes can have some spaces painted in their favorite colors too.

Jul. 24 2012 01:01 PM
Tony from Canarsie

Very interesting interview. Thanks.

Jul. 24 2012 12:59 PM
K from Queens

My children attend a Waldorf school (we are poor), and I was so impressed with the way the school and teachers use color. I volunteered with many other parents to "lazure" the walls of classrooms and hallways. Steiner believed strongly in the effect of color on human beings. the classrooms go ROYGBIV - but soft and lazured so very much "living" color - from nursery school pinks to 8th grade violets.

Jul. 24 2012 12:58 PM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

BTW, I wasn't defending the use of "institutional" paint -- on the contrary, those colors are depressing of spirit. I was only posing a reasonable explanation as to its prevalence.

Oaktag -- do they still use that material? Brings me back to my own and my brothers' youthful school days. I think all of our "projects" used oaktag!

Jul. 24 2012 12:54 PM
Seth from UES

Leonard, this is the first time I'm hearing about your guest. She is a mensch. This is a holistic process, she is making good.

Jul. 24 2012 12:52 PM
sandra from brooklyn


hello, just tuned in--i'm wondering if the guest has researched color and children on the autistic spectrum? we're creating a space for children on the spectrum at a local children's museum and this has been a topic that has come up again and again. it would be helpful in executing the design of the space.

Jul. 24 2012 12:52 PM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

"Institutional" colors are cheaper to purchase, cheaper to repaint, and simpler to "decide" upon -- less discussion/argument/debate.

After all, people have more "opinions" when it comes to "real" colors.

Jul. 24 2012 12:51 PM

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