A Shout-out from Art House to Volunteers

Many words have been used to describe 2020: unprecedented, challenging, tough, exhausting, uncertain, disorienting, depressing, stressful—the list goes on, but I want to use the rest of my allotted word count to talk about something else. Unsolicited, volunteers contacted Art House offering to help in any way that they could. Some were strangers or former interns: others, our teaching artists. […]

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In-Person Exhibits at Art House

Although most of our programming remains virtual, creative energy continues to thrive under Art House’s domed roof. Once doors began to reopen in May, several retired or semi-retired seniors started taking advantage of our clay studio facilities. Having had productive earlier careers, they are now devoting themselves to further honing their ceramic skills, taking risks, and exploring new ideas. Recently, […]

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Work-in-Progress

That we are still in this place after so long and so much work has been done to dismantle the racial and social inequities that are too deeply embedded in the fabric of our country is unconscionable—it is painful, tragic, inexcusable. The knowledge that it is based on power, economy, and divisive strategies set to disempower targeted groups only serves […]

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Chain Reactions

A dynamic chemistry always results when artists develop curriculum that addresses VOS/SEL standards through thoughtful projects and challenging ideas. Combine this with student responses, their engagement and growth, and powerful reactions occur. This past fall, Ron Shelton combined education about the global ramifications of plastics with hat and jacket-making projects. Denison Elementary third graders learned how to work with wire […]

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Art House: Ephemera

My mind fills with ideas, linked together like a string of summer festivals running through the city. These different topics are related by the vibrant energy that art generates. What is common to all festivals? It is the magic of being in the moment that the visual and performing arts invite. This is also how children approach making. During a […]

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Ripple Effect: From K to 12 and Beyond

March: Art from our partner schools has started arriving. This moment in time invites the opportunity to reflect on the processes through which this work comes into being. The artists teaching in our programs make all the envisioning and scheduling come to fruition. They do so with great skill, patience, planning, and the ability to be flexible in changing circumstances. […]

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Abstraction

For several months, Art House had a high school project hanging on our largest wall. Living with these works over an extended period led to comparing them to some of the others that had been part of the 2018 Urban Bright Exhibition. Eight paintings focused on nature, technology, and augmenting human capacity. The students used various acrylic painting techniques and […]

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Silos (Part Two)

This past year, I have been privileged to assist workshops with special needs children. I helped show participants how clay can be formed; I passed out glaze cups and brushes and demonstrated different ways glaze can be applied. Interacting with these children put into sharp focus how the world, as experienced, is different for everyone. Because many of us manage […]

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Silos (Part One)

In mid-March I attended a Say Yes to Education information session that explained its comprehensive, wrap-around support strategy to break down barriers to children’s academic success all the way to a post-secondary degree. Nadia Del Valle, the national program director, cited the fact that the various agencies necessary to realize this goal had repeatedly attended planning meetings as discreet, isolated […]

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