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Workshop at Maker Works

August 21, 2019

Saturday, September 7, from 1 to 3:00 pm

MAKER WORKS, 3765 PLAZA DRIVE, ANN ARBOR, MI, 48108

MPareker_SHIP with David Earle builder734.222.4911                                  https://www.maker-works.com

Make an acquaintance with the Maker Works folks and their community fabrication space. They have tools to work in wood, metal, textiles, plastic, jewelry, digital printing and electronics. And they rent work space.

They’ll give us a tour of their shop and tools, and answer any questions you might have about a special project. Then we’ll meet to give each of us a chance to talk about what we’re up to, and update you on WCAMI shows and events.

When David Earle and I built the SHIP for the citizenSHIP show, we built it at Maker Works and I had a chance to find out what a great community resource this is.

To reserve a place at the workshop, contact mparkerst@gmail.com

Please post, invite your friends!

citizenSHIP art in window

August 21, 2019

Robin Wilt made “The Wave” for this show where it was exhibited in the front window of the Off Center Gallery at Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti. The show is open until August 30.

Artwork in citizenSHIP

August 12, 2019

citizenSHIP Opening a big Success

August 12, 2019

On August 2, the Opening Reception with the Soap Box Event at Riverside Arts Center attracted a large crowd! The exhibitions featured many Michigan artists as well as work from seven other states. We had eight community speakers: Mayor of Ypsilanti Beth Bashert, Ypsilanti Township organiser and radio host Alex Thomas, Mary Heinen Director of Prison Creative Arts Project, Brother Noah from Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Arts, Rena Basch from Voters Not Politicians, John Hollingsworth for the Poor People’s Campaign, our juror Valerie Mann, dancer and choreographer Gina Danene Thompson, and musician and storyteller Ken Kozora. First Friday in Ypsilanti brings in so many people and we gave them lots to reflect on. Our thanks to Trevor Stone and the Riverside Arts Center staff for partnering with us on this community engagement project.

citizenSHIP submission extended to July 9

June 28, 2019

Go to  EntryThingy WCAMI to submit. See all the information in the Call for Art in the last blog entry.

citizenSHIP: Call for Art – go to “EntryThingy WCAMI” – due date extended to July 9

June 19, 2019

citizenSHIP: on the balance between the people and the state

Riverside Arts Center

Ypsilanti, MI

August 2-30, 2019

Hours: Thursday 3-8 pm, Friday 3-8 pm, Saturday 12-5 pm

Concept:

A community work-in-progress on the balance between the people and the state. 

Our Ship of State has hit rough waters, rocked by globalization, broadening income and education gaps, and loss of jobs to new technologies. People are sharply divided between urban and rural communities and ideology; while women, African Americans, minorities and immigrants are sometimes treated like non-citizens, nurturing a culture of fear. The free press and voting rights are under attack from the highest offices. Though our constitution has evolved over time and continues to be reinterpreted, it is often only to the benefit of the few. 

The Exhibition

Juried artwork will be shown on the walls and pedestals.  Participation by different community partners will happen each weekend, with hands-on art making that will add work to the exhibition. A central platform will be built in the shape of a ship that viewers can climb up and walk around on, a soapbox, a space for experimental thinking, where artwork created during workshops will be added. The aim is a community dialogue about how to construct our own version of what citizenship should be.

Call for Art

Call for work in all media from artists of all ages addressing the balance between the people and the role of the state. What does it mean to be an American citizen right now? Do walls and borders make a nation? What does it take to maintain the human rights that have been deemed “unalienable”? What essential role does the State play? How do you see citizenship right now, how should it be in the future?

Juror – Valerie Mann – her work explores the place where 2D and 3D meet, and the shadows behind them. Growing up on a working farm, she finds physical labor releases her imagination. She teaches at Washtenaw Community College, gives adult classes at Saline’s Salt Valley Arts and in programs throughout the county for at-risk and special needs teens.  Her work is in public and private collections throughout the US and abroad. She is part-owner of WSG gallery in Ann Arbor, lives and works in Saline, MI. 

Submit to: EntryThingy WCAMIdue date extended to July 9.

Call for Programmed Projects

There will be accompanying programming throughout the month relating to challenges between the people and the role of the state. Discussions, panels, music, dance, multi-media are welcome, as well as civics classes, children’s groups and civic organization. Each event may have a hands-on art-making workshop, which can be part of your proposal or can be added separately. Work made then will be added to the exhibition for the run of the show with the aim of constructing our version of what the Ship of State should look like. 

Please submit proposals for event participation to Margaret Parker mparkerst@gmail.com or Trevor Stone trevor@riversidearts.org by July 2.

A partnership between the Women’s Caucus for Art, Michigan and the Riverside Arts Center

WCA EVENT – What Galleries Expect from Artists

April 29, 2019

Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Ann Arbor District Library, 3rdfloor “freespace” room, 

343 S. Fifth Street, Ann Arbor 

Artists and galleries need one another to make art known to a wider public. This talk aims to shed light on the dynamics that shape those relations so artists can learn how to choose the “right” gallery, negotiate clear conditions from the beginning, and build rapport with a gallery which will turn into a nurturing and long-lasting mutual success.

Daniela Gobetti is a philosopher by training and profession, and a bilingual writer in Italian and in English,  occasionally writing poetry in both languages. She is now a professional photographer, her work has received numerous recognitions in international competitions and will be part of SwissArtExpo 2019. Gobetti wasborn and raised in Turin, Italy, and now lives in the United States. See more of her work at: http://www.danielagobetti.com/

Contact: Idelle Hammond-Sass, hammon_sass@msn.com