This collaborative project is meant to be a visual conversation between two community spaces, The Kearney Center and The Plant. Clients from the Kearney Center will draw/and doodle on the paper on designated days on mural paper. The mural will then be installed at The Plant, an open community space for anyone to respond to. The mural will be taken back and forth between spaces over a six week time span to create layers of dialogues between various community members.
As we wage peace in our community, this workshop aims attention at recycling and takes action to raise consciousness of the amount of waste we produce by experimenting with how trash might be used differently. In this workshop, we will focus on promoting more harmonious relationships with our environment through creating found object art installations made with recyclables. Participants will learn about how we might reframe how we see trash in our community, as well as how we may work on making less trash. Using the spaces of our surrounding neighborhoods, local parks, and nature reserves for inspiration, we will create our sculptures using found materials. The completed artworks will be exhibited in the Art Alley during the May exhibition.
Taking action towards peace comes in many forms. Perdita’s workshop uses blacklight and florescent paper to create postcards and posters with clear peace waging messages. Participants will use the deconstructed boxes from the previous “Waging Peace” box painting performances to make new artwork using a collage technique. Each person will pick their own message for their artwork and will choose the florescent papers they want to use for their designs. Color, line, texture, and form with a message of Peace will be the focus of this workshop.
How can we cultivate peace in these modern times? We can start by understanding our own and others’ stories. Understanding the stories of others allows us to develop empathy for one another, even those we view as different from us. One way to explore and present our stories is to create body maps, a visual history of our own experiences and how they have shaped us.