celebrating our common humanity.
In 2016 I was given the opportunity to travel to Cuba on a pilgrimage with my All Souls church community. I traveled as a parishioner, a chaperone to our high school youth, and as an artist. I could not have imagined what was about to unfold.
I brought with me 15 pieces of work that were the first layer of a project I am now calling connecting the ANDs.
These 15 works were added to first by the people in the community we stay with in Cuba. Everyone was invited to add something by either drawing, painting, stamping or attaching a layer of their own story to the work.
After Cuba, I sent these works off to Singapore and Australia, where two other communities added layers that reflected their own stories. When they finally returned back to me in Asheville, I reproduced them at a set of 15 postcards. Each community that participated received a set, with the simple goal that they will then send the postcards off to friends and family - spreading our collective stories even further.
And the work continues in the form of more series of works created by people all around the world.
It is my hope that these projects will connect people across borders
…and of all ages
Through the universal language of art, building and impacting relationships new and old.
global traveling series.
Our current traveling series (above) has been to Rwanda and is heading to New Mexico to receive layers from Navajo and Zuni students….stay tuned!
During 2016-18 we shared a set of works with communities in Cuba, Singapore, and Australia. Layers were added by adults and kiddos from the community of Fieles a Jesus in Matanzas Cuba, middle school students from Singapore and a gathering of young adults at a music festival in Australia.
local traveling series.
talk with our hands.
During the summer of 2018 we held a 4-part series of open discussion forums and community collaborative art making sessions at various locations in Asheville. Each session featured a guest speaker and topics include Racial Equity, LGBTQ Equality, Interfaith Connections, and Immigration Reform. Participants were invited to share, listen and create in a judgement-free zone. The resulting artworks serves as a reminder of how creative activity bridges gaps in experience, knowledge and understanding.
This series is available for purchase as a set of postcards HERE!
All proceeds go to the Grace Eaton Scholarship Fund for financial aid Roots + Wings School of Art and Design.
Click here to find out more about other connecting the ANDs projects my Roots + Wings team is working on through our community outreach programs.
collaborative community portraits.
Collaborative Community Portraits can take many forms. They are collaborative works created by groups of people at private events, public events, family gatherings, festivals, staff retreats, weddings - you name it. We can use photography, collage, drawing, painting, stamping, writing, image transfers and more. Participants position and glue their ‘portrait’ into the provided background (either a large sheet of archival quality paper, or painted board). The provided background will have a layer of colored chalk already on it, ready to receive additional layers. Each Community Portrait is a real-time collaborative art work. The finished piece will reflect the interaction of attendees and the space in which the event is held.
The finished work can be varnished, framed or photographed and printed. As always, the work will be professionally photographed and made into postcards for those involved to send out into the world to connect beyond their own community.
Send me a note below if you would like to help support this project or help us with our next chapter of global travels through connecting the ANDs: