Creative Fusion Sisterhood Group
September – November 2013
Cleveland Foundation / Zygote Press
West Side Community House – Cleveland, Ohio
I was lucky to be working with Senegalese visiting artist, Cheikhou Ba, while he stayed in Cleveland for 3 months through the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion program. Creative Fusion is an artist residency program that partners international artists with local arts organizations with the goal of maximizing the cultural exchange between artists and the community.
While here, Cheikhou provided workshops with the after-school Sisterhood girls’ group at the Westside Community House. These portraiture workshops explored issues of identity and self with the participants, and culminated in an art show featuring their work at the end.
Creative Fusion Stockyard Schools Workshops
September – October 2013
Art House / Cleveland Foundation / Zygote Press
Art House and Stockyard Schools – Cleveland, Ohio
In addition to the Sisterhood group (above), Cheikhou partnered with Art House and provided workshops to 6th graders at the Stockyard Community Elementary school. As with the Sisterhood group, these portraiture workshops explored issues of identity and self with the participants, and culminated in an art show featuring their work at the end.
Safe PATH Full Room Mural Project
Family & Community Services Safe PATH Housing – Portage County, Ohio
This full room mural was completed at a transitional housing unit for victims of domestic violence. This room was the play room for children living there (where they would go while their parents were in group sessions) – we wanted to brighten it up. I was an working as a Program Manager for an AmeriCorps program and my AmeriCorps members helped complete the painting of this room.
Arts Alive! Youth Arts Group
2008 – 2012
Family & Community Services
Portage County, Ohio
I volunteered with the after-school and summer youth arts group, Arts Alive!, for many years – often providing printmaking workshops.
MLK Day Mural Project
Family & Community Services Senior Center – Ravenna, Ohio
This mural was completed as an MLK Day service project while I was an AmeriCorps VISTA. The Senior Center at Family & Community Services had recently moved and requested a garden themed mural for their new space. Community members of all ages helped complete the painting of this mural.