Community Studio 2018 Online Exhibition

In the summer of 2018, we held our second Community Studio session at the Empower Youth Ranch. Community Studio was a free public art program for all ages offered in partnership with Empower Youth. The program, which had its first session in the summer of 2017, offered local residents a dedicated time and site for creativity. Guided…

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SOIL SERIES Community Studio Exhibition

On October 27th, 2017, we held the inaugural SOIL SERIES art exhibition at the Empower Youth Ranch. The exhibition was the culminating endeavor of the first session of our Community Studio program. The exhibition celebrated the efforts and perspectives of the Community Studio artists while unearthing latent histories, honoring local traditions, and offering new insights and…

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Quilts: Highlights from Community Studio Saturdays

In September, we dedicated three weeks of our Community Studio program to unpacking the significance of quilting in Appalachian culture. Framing quilting within the history of folk art, we discussed how folk art traditions are deeply rooted in community and culture, which makes them expressions of cultural identity.   WEEK 1: Quilting Histories / September…

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October 27th: SOIL SERIES Inaugural Art Exhibition and Silent Auction

We are so excited to announce our first ever art exhibition showcasing artwork by our amazing Community Studio artists! The exhibition will take place at the Empower Youth Ranch during Empower Youth’s Ribbon Cutting event! Details are as follows: When: October 27, 2017 from 3:30 pm – 8 pm (Empower Youth’s festivities conclude at 7…

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Soil Stories: Highlights from Community Studio Saturdays

Why is soil important? This question kicked off our Community Studio Saturday program on September 9th. To help us consider this question, we discussed David Montgomery’s Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations. Our Community Studio artists contemplated the meanings of the words “civilization” and “erosion” and offered suggestions as to what Montgomery might mean by “the erosion…

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