ginger huebner
ginger huebner

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…

collaborative making...

I had the amazing opportunity to create a mural together with our community in Cuba.  It was spontaneous and beautiful all in one.  Here is a time lapse of the beginning of it all...

It began with a brainstorming session with all of the kids.  We talked about words that described what this community meant to them.  Then they each drew an image of what their word looked like to them on a small piece of paper. 

We worked together to create a mural design from all of the small drawings and inspiring list of words brainstormed together:

harmony
light
pretty
peace
friendship
love
happiness
joy
gentleness
brother/sisterhood
and more...

and together we created all of this together...

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Ginger Huebner