On October 30, 2019 I felt I made significant inroads on Hold Up Hold On!, a community art mural project centered on youth resilience and mental health awareness. See the HUHO! page for details.
It has been three years since I was a full-time teaching artist in after school programs, so I am getting up to speed in a hurry on student engagement, which has become even more challenging. I initially hoped for a single, well attended event where we gathered photographs and text — but we got no takers even though we (my creative female team of a high school and Berea College student) distributed postcards and did an informational tabling outside of the cafeteria. But I don’t give up easy, if at all.
Yesterday I was invited into an art classroom to talk to kids face to face, and pitch the project. As always, it was satisfying and stunning to see how some reacted. And we got a participant in the afternoon who helped us brainstorm and update our mural composition. Read more about the experience in the blog!
Me with the collage table, Artvention 2018
I am proud to be a part of Artvention, the post-vention suicide survivors event I helped create in 2017 and facilitated again in 2018. New this year are video recordings of participants as they worked; I felt very honored to received their stories. Dedicated to Owen Carl Chaney, whose death taught me much about life and love.
Lots of artistic activity at 22 Jefferson Studio/Gallery Haynie’s Corner, Evansville, Indiana on First Friday 9/4/15. Had a good turnout, despite the heat. Two United Caring Services shelter guests appeared to help out during the reception, which included a display of Art In The Margins artworks from United Caring Services/Shelter ‘s Art In The Annex program. A mosaic stained glass piece created by a shelter guest sold, along with many other small works of art and photography by the artist shown in the main gallery. And the evening ended with entertainment across the street from 22 Jefferson, on the tightropes!
Here’s the windows, designed by me and painted by kids and parents on Saturday 6/13/15 in Central Park @ the opening of The W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival in Henderson, KY. Thanks to Downtown Henderson Partnership, who found venues to display them through the week of the festival!
Thanks to the Henderson County Public Library for welcoming an exhibit of Heart Story artworks by homeless women and children at the Fr. Bradley Shelter in Henderson, KY.