Last Weekend to See MICA's M.A. in Community Arts Exhibition!
BALTIMORE – From Monday, July 18 to Saturday, July 30, MICA will host the M.A. in Community Arts Exhibition featuring community-informed artworks by students in the MACA graduating class of 2011. Their work represents their growth and development at MICA and at their community organizations. Artwork will be on view in the Fox 3 Gallery of the Fox Building, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Participating artists include Sarah Blosser, Shana Goetsch, Alexis Iammarino, Anne Kotleba, Tamara Payne and Jessica Wyatt.
To learn more about the MACA program, visit the website here.
From the tip of her paint-covered brushes, artist Kaylyn Hardstaff is bringing a community’s wildest creations to life. Curving flora stare back with attentive eyes. Pizza, hamburgers, and hot dogs are ripe for the picking off the branches of a winding tree. An upright bass toting flower provides the jams for a root vegetable party.
“Edmonton is – for a lack of a better word – grey for half the year,” says Hardstaff. “With all the snow and darkness of winter, any amount of community art, colour, and vibrancy you can bring into a space year-round is uplifting.”
Often, the spaces we frequent during the long summer days are forgotten when a blanket of white snow overtakes our streets. But Hardstaff and her neighbours want to ensure their spaces – and more specifically their community garden – capture the eye 365 days of the year. With the help of a 2019 Community Arts Grant, Hardstaff and the community of Parkallen have been hard at work exploring the theme “Imaginary Nature” for a Garden Mural Project that will adorn the community rink surrounding the garden plots.
(Selections from the Parkallen Community Garden Mural. Photos: EAC)
Central to Parkallen’s 60th Anniversary celebrations, the community garden mural is a visual display of the people who make their home in Parkallen. To generate imagery for the mural, Hardstaff held four drop-in community workshops in partnership with community league programming, and set up at the annual solstice block party where participants were encouraged to dream beyond what can be seen in nature and use their creative skills to invent new plants or animals.
“They were super creative and a great source of inspiration for me. Young kids make whatever they want,” Hardstaff says with a laugh. “There was a good mix of people from 70 to four – from people who could barely hold a pencil, to people who have lived in this community for 50 years. It got everyone’s creativity flowing. I was able to use bits and pieces from every single drawing in the composition of the mural. If you came to the workshops, you’ll be able to find something you drew in the mural somewhere.”
Hardstaff will be busy painting for the remainder of August, with plans to reveal the community’s newest masterpiece in the fall.
(Top:Panel from the Parkallen Community Garden Mural, Bottom: Workshop attendees creating images for the mural. Photos: Top - EAC, Bottom - Kaylyn Hardstaff)
Shared stories and experiences are at the heart of vibrant communities. From dreaming up ice cream butterflies to dropping verses of off the wall poetry, actively participating in art-making infuses life into ordinary spaces. It records a story about the texture and sense of place of a community, and adds to the richness of our city’s cultural tapestry.
“Community art is very special. And it’s something I always notice in other cities when I’m travelling. It’s enjoyable to see their take on that kind of thing.”
If you have an idea for an art project you’d like to lead that will engage other members of the community, we want to hear about it! Get more information here.
Learn more about the nine other 2019 Community Arts Grant recipients:
Friends of University Hospitals: Three community participation-based projects that engage the University of Alberta Hospital patients, staff and public communities to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Artists on the Wards Program. This includes a poetry anthology, songwriting/music video project, and a collaborative sculptural piece.
Bissel Centre: Community members will work with a storyteller/autobiographer, visual artist, and digital/media artist through bi-weekly facilitated workshops to create digital stories of Edmonton’s inner-city community.
Gabriel Castilloux Calderon: A collaborative storytelling media project with Indigenous Elders and local Two-Spirit people, translating their stories into painted symbols on the participants. Once the painting is complete, video will be collected and edited into a compilation of painted stories.
Jocelyn Crocker: A community engagement and beautification mural project in the Fulton Place neighbourhood, with artist Theodora Hyrasmiw, the Sunshine Garden, and St. Augustine’s Anglican Church.
Rising Sun Theatre: The creation, development, and performance of Threads, a new interdisciplinary play by Rising Sun Theatre, in collaboration with developmentally disabled adults, community-engaged theatre artists and facilitators.
Syrian Heritage Association of Canada:Break Borders is a workshop theatre production in which Syrian youth ages 13-24 will work with professional actors in pre-show rehearsals, and ultimately a stage production.
Trinity Anglican Church: Marginalized youth at the Edmonton Young Offenders Centre and the Trinity Youth Project will collaborate with visual artist Alma Visscher to create a series of artworks and a final collaborative art installation.
Yong Fei Guan: Artist Yong Fei Guan will host community workshops and collaborate with the Edmonton-Chinese community to create a multimedia installation that will be displayed at the 2019 Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival.
I intended to run a street photography project entitled ‘London Walks’ for three weeks during August 2011, inspired by the London Street Photography exhibition at the London Museum. The project will culminate in a final exhibition and will enable participation from members of the community with special needs and disabilities aged between 13 and 21.
The project began with an introductory applied drama workshop facilitated by myself investigating what it means to live in London and a trip to the London Museum to view the London Street Photography exhibition.
After visiting five locations, the group had an extensive range of pictures to paste in their portfolios. From the selections of photographs I was able to curate a collection, drawing attention to the narrative and fine-tuning the aesthetic.
I was extremely grateful and overwhelmed by the Starbuck coffee shop staff who volunteered their time supporting me to successfully deliver the project. I came back to Lancaster for the summer because I believe in the importance of investment of young people.
Since the community opening of the exhibition during which there was an award ceremony for the participants with the honourable guest, the Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea, I have spoken about my experience and the London Walks collection at UK Youth’s AGM and attended a meeting of business leaders at the House of Commons.
The exhibition is now on display in the Mayor’s parlour in the council offices and provides testimony of the skills and talent of the young people involved. The community, including the Mayor, hugely supports London Walks; the process has been tough but rewarding. I’m now in the process of planning a pop-up exhibition of the participants extraordinary work for Easter 2012 in Notting Hill.
We strive to create a creative space within an urbanized area of LA county which will recreate the freedom and sense of play that a park provides, along with a more structured atmosphere of learning and community engagement.
The space would be a multi usage indoor-outdoor area, with plants filling an outdoor lot, and houseplants forming a living wall and hanging from the ceiling if the indoor space, creating a sense of green privacy and growth.The other walls of the inside space would feature a gallery of specimens and images of animals and plants indigenous to Los Angeles, in order to foster a sense of connectivity to the natural world in the context of our contemporary urbanized city.
The indoor area would operate as a learning, reading and sharing space for the community, as well as a performance and gallery space. Children and adults alike would have access to creative an open ended classes within the space, which will be designed to encourage dialog about creativity, history, and context within families and communities.
From these projects would come art pieces and writing that would be put on display for open family nights. Parents and community members could reserve space for meetings about community issues, or can come by during open hours to do independent creative work. This safe space would foster a sense of independent creativity while also implementing a strong sense of rootedness in the community and family settings of LA.
Taking place in the slums of India, we meet a small community of people who have very strong art ties. There are a wide variety of artists, from puppeteers, to acrobats, magicians and more. Unfortunately, their community is on land that had been bought out by developers who want to get rid of the slums and make multistory buildings that are cleaned up. This movie is an introduction to this ongoing problem for the artists community.
Difference between performing art and performance art? You’re currently using the terms side-by-side. What’s the artist’s take on that concept?
Al Jazera described Baltimore as a “war zone” in a recent news segment. Have you considered other types of “veterans”? Veterans of the streets? Safe Streets would be a great place to start your research.
Take a look at Muse360 on N. Howard – the dance company did a piece about the Civil War… could be some connections there.
So, we’ve jumped on the band wagon and joined tumblr. Finally.
We’ve been so blessed at Synergy that we’ve decided it’s time to expand our programs and give back to our community. Our goal is to team up with local organizations and create completely free programs for kids in the foster care system. They’ll have the opportunity to learn their instrument of choice and get involved in the music industry through recording and performing.
If you have a minute, take a look at our campaign, donate and share!
It is a cold solitary evening. I sit by myself with the laptop in the Lost & Found den. Restless fingers, tireless gaze and a numbed mind typing, deleting, formatting columns and rows chalked-out clearly on the budget sheet for our calendar of events this year. This is the sixth budget sheet revised to the bare minimum, perhaps just enough for the artist to yet again sigh & march on. This place, we call Lost & Found, with fairy lights, allows our dreams - big and abound.
On an insipid day this January, I found myself here, my only solace being Mallika, a close friend and the founder of Lost & Found. Ever since I have been lost in this fervent journey.
Of dreams and hopes amidst you and me, it has been the despair of the pennies. It barely does trickle by. At Lost & Found, we wish to take the arts to every neighbourhood of Delhi, discover unforeseen, forgotten, lost spaces and fill it up with the echo of arts. An ambitious line-up this year of some incredibly hard working and talented artists in performance, film and art, keeps us at Lost & Found hungry, aching and insane.
We strive to bring them to your door step, live the arts every day, wake up with lingering thoughts of a performance, go to bed humming a new line, being lost & found over and over and over again. But, even in a city like Delhi, the arts find no money or support to move a comfortable inch. Disheartening as it sure is, while the budget shrinks each day, we know to keep on, keep at it and keep pushing.
How have we managed to stifle and strangle the arts to flourish? How have we made it so difficult for ourselves to find solace in the arts? How have we set out for it to dilapidate when it has only & always enabled us to live a little and find pieces of ourselves otherwise scattered?
Hello! Thanks for hanging in with us as we continue to search for a new home for our community letterpress shop. The downtown commercial real estate market is fierce right now as our town continues to change, so we are expanding our search to include close in East and West side Olympia. We’d still love to be downtown if we can, so keep an eye open and let us know if you see anything! In the meantime, we continue to chase down leads and meet up as a team every couple of weeks to report on our progress. We’ve also got a new facebook page… if you do that sort of thing, follow us here!