Community Action Day: I Am Present

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Community Action Day: I am Present

May 21, 2017 (3-5pm)

It will be a day to reflect, heal and act in support of our community. This day of action will bring together an amazing group of women artists that, with you, and other community members will bring action and attention to the many cases of missing black and brown girls in the Bronx and adjacent cities. We will use creativity to heal, express ourselves and be present with each other. We will have tables filled with art materials for artists and community members to work together. We will also have a table for children to create.

The Action Day will be videotaped to have an online resource for spreading the message and awareness in regards to our missing girls. Come be part of a collective wall of words and be part of this wonderful thoughtful day.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT: “Hombres de Arcilla” (Men of Clay) showcases Alberto Villalobos’ collection of 43 hand-made clay masks. These masks honor the memory of the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico. About his work, Villalobos says “for me, clay represents the fragility of life, yet the resilience of the human spirit. I hope that by giving faces to the disappeared, their memory may live on.”

Photo Credit: Barbara Reeley Graphic design: Meagan Van Ahn

Chihuly Bridge of Glass

The bridge is the gateway that welcomes people to Tacoma.
We wanted something unique in the world, something that
is full of color and offers a joyous experience to passersby
both night and day.

—Dale Chihuly

Chihuly Bridge of Glass

Art Education on the Edge: Josef Albers Inspired Project

Recently I had the pleasure of teaching in a  summer school classroom of 3rd grade students with varying capabilities and interests, such as ADHD (Attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder) and ODD (Oppositional defiant disorder). The ELA (English Language Arts) lesson that was most effective for students across the spectrum involved a hands on art making activity.

The lesson began by reading the book, An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers by Natasha Wing. Students were then invited to create their own Josef Albers inspired compositions. With a pleothera of colors and squares students came up with unique and powerful artworks. Students enjoyed having the time to be creative and were excited to take their work home to show their families!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Bradford: Receive Calls on Your Cell Phone from Jail

The work of Mark Bradford has had a personal and professional impact on my life as an art lover and arts administrator. His work has been a pivotal reminder of the importance of art as a tool for social justice and societal reflection. I have often looked to his artwork for inspiration and reflection. Visiting Receive Calls on Your Cell Phone From Jail (2003) was a breathtaking experience, and I have tried to include photos with a variety of details so that you may view the skill, process and genius in his work. The work is a grid of thirty-eight paintings comprising posters that convey the challenges surrounding receiving collect calls from prison on one’s cell phone. For more information on the work you may click here.