Report from the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan where local Hell's Kitchen schoolkids enjoyed their first ever artists' talk after they took inspiration from a John Montague translation of the poem "In the Footsteps of Colmcille" to create a mural based on the text and other information they learned about Ireland.
Originally an idea of the Irish Arts Center's Jen Browne, Brooklyn artist Pamella Allen was brought into guide the fourth-graders who all attend a Police Athletic League summer camp next door to the IAC's headquarters. Irish language teacher Muireann Ní Chuív also helped the eager children out with some phrases and other aspects of Irish culture.
The full list of the 12 young artists who participate in the Police Athletic League William J Duncan Center’s annual summer day camp: Monday Addison, Briajah Davis, Isabel Diaz, Abdul Dilal, Chelsea Frias, Jordan Green, Sebastian Laros, Nalani Navarro, Tamia Richardson, Heaven Rodriguez, Derek Santana and Jayda Urena.
"In the Footsteps of Colmcille"
On some island I long to be ,
a rocky promontory, looking on the coiling surface of the sea.
To see the waves, crest on crest
Of the great shining ocean, composing
A hymn to the creator without rest.
To see without sadness the strand
Lined with bright shells, and birds
Lamenting overhead, a lonely sound.
To hear the whisper of small waves
Against rocks, that endless
Sea-sound, like keening over graves
To watch the sea-birds sailing
In flocks, amd most marvelous
Of monsters the turning whale.
To see the shift from ebbtide
To flood and tell my secret name;
"He who set his back on Ireland."