Ada Comstock Scholar Cassandra Holden ’10 last year received a Helen Gurley Brown Magic Grant for her proposal to create a public artwork in collaboration with students at The Care Center in Holyoke, an alternative education program for pregnant and parenting teens who have dropped out of high school.

The Magic Grant is intended to help Comstock Scholars reach their potential by funding internships, creative and artistic projects, research and travel. Holden’s grant, for $23,000, was the second awarded in the program.

Holden and her student collaborators recently finished the product of their creation, an art installation in the atrium of the Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College, formally presented on January 25.

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An Ada and Students Create “Alchemy”

 Cassandra Holden AC'10 worked with 15 girls at The Care Center in designing, fabricating and installing a large, colorful mobile.

Cassandra Holden AC’10 worked with 15 girls at The Care Center in designing, fabricating and installing a large, colorful mobile.

Installation of the mobile took place throughout fall 2012, including cutting, crumpling, sanding, painting and, shown here, hanging pieces high above the atrium floor.

Installation of the mobile took place throughout fall 2012, including cutting, crumpling, sanding, painting and, shown here, hanging pieces high above the atrium floor.

The mobile, with the theme of "Alechmy," was based on small models created by the students, combining the best elements of each design.

The mobile, with the theme of “Alechmy,” was based on small models created by the students, combining the best elements of each design.

The final, installed artwork, filling the Kittredge Center with color, represents Holden's intention of empowering and inspiring the students to "think big and achieve their goals."

The final, installed artwork, filling the Kittredge Center with color, represents Holden’s intention of empowering and inspiring the students to “think big and achieve their goals.”

photos by Jacki Jacobs