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connecting the ANDs blog

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.

My hope is that these projects will connect people across borders

and of all ages

and ethnicities

and religions

and genders

Through the universal language of art, building and impacting relationships new and old.

This is the story unfolding…

simplicity and connection...

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There were people of all ages gathered for a carnival with the community.

I placed the 15 drawings - the first layers of the connecting the ANDs project - on the table.  Any and all were welcome to choose one piece that spoke to them and begin adding the layer of their story to the piece using the basic tools we had.

We had the hands of young and old and everywhere in between join us.  Sometimes even two or three folks were drawing on one piece. 

There were beautiful connections happening all around us - all because of an opportunity to create, to tell part of their story, in community with one another.   

It was beautiful.

the little girl in the above photo was very hesitant.  she didn't want to draw - she wanted me to draw for her.  but alas i shared with her that this was HER story to tell...all she needed to do was start with one little line.  she took a few seconds looking at the page...started to draw that one simple line and never turned back. 

there is such beauty in all of our stories.  we must find courage to share them.

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Ginger Huebner