The Art Experience had a lot of reasons to celebrate this Black History Month.
It was last February when we unveiled the Project of the Month for Open Studio. It was an effort to provide participants a creative warm-up exercise, material for Artist in Residence, Megan O’Dell, to write about in her blog, and highlight artists and techniques. Last year the works of African American collage artists were highlighted. If you follow Megan’s blog, you’d know our projects of the month aren’t always of the month. The projects have also become a starting point for collaborative community works of art. Participants have been leaving their artistic marks in the studio and have inspired others to leave their own marks as well. As Executive Director, you can’t ask for a program’s component to do any more than that!
So this year, with Program Coordinator Lisa Bennett and the valued input of TAE staff, February’s project of the month was inspired by the traditional art of quilting. Our individual participants created quilt pieces using squares of cardboard, collaged with fabric, colorful string, and images. Participants could take the finished pieces home with them if they chose, or leave it in studio to help build a community quilt. We are still working on piecing it together. Stay tuned to see the finished product!
Last, and certainly not least, our students at the Kennedy Center School also celebrated Black History month with a school wide assembly. Certified DanceAbility instructor, Cara Graninger, led students in a performance on stage. Photos of Bill T Jones, renowned African American modern dancer, were used to inspire the students’ movements. The artwork displayed was created under the direction of registered Art Therapist Lisa Crystal. Thank you Ms. Devezin, Principal at the Kennedy Center School in Pontiac; we loved being able to help make the assembly a fun and educational event for your students and their families! View the gallery of images and a short video clip below.
We have been working hard over the winter, readying ourselves for spring and summer. Stay tuned for quarterly newsletters (which have been on hiatus for over a year!), more fun Art Parties, projects, workshops, and community events.
See you in the studio!