Tim Rollins, a new genres artist from New York City, is in Lawrence to work with a group of fifth-graders to create a mural based on literature written by Langston Hughes.
For inspiration, the students will be using Hughes' poem that opens with "What happens to a dream deferred?"
Rollins said the poem will help students explore the difference between fantasy and dreams.
"Many kids are lost in fantasy, and it often leads to disappointment," he said. "We need to redirect these kids."
The mural will be unveiled at a public reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University. The band Sounds Good will play during the reception.
Rollins, who will be artist-in-residence for a week at the museum, will give a public lecture, "Art and the Dream Deferred," at 1 p.m. Sunday at the museum. He will talk about working with young people to create literature-based art.
Rollins is known for working with community groups to create collaborative pieces, usually addressing social and political issues. He recently worked with young people in Kansas City on a project supported by Grand Arts and with youngsters in Beaumont, Tex., to create a mural based on William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."