In October 2015, Phillips educators spent two weeks in Bosnia and Herzegovina facilitating workshops with emerging artists, students, and educators using Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series as a catalyst for conversation about the power of collaboration and storytelling through art (see pictures from their visit in earlier blog posts). Last week, we hosted a reception for the artworks resulting from these workshops, which will be on view through March 13.
This year’s Art and Wellness: Creative Aging exhibition, which showcases the work created by participants in our ongoing collaboration with Iona, is on view October 30 through December 27, 2015. Like last year, our friends at Iona made a video highlighting the gallery talks, workshops, and creativity that led to the exhibition’s opening. Some participants shared their thoughts:
“Art is my guide; a path that allows me to reflect, question, and let go.”
“Art is teaching me…it is always teaching me.”
“Art offers me the freedom of knowing that I can do what I like and go where I want.”
Phillips Educators Rachel Goldberg and Andrea Kim Neighbors are in Bosnia facilitating workshops on Prism.K12 and Jacob Lawrence with students, emerging artists, and teachers.
Reflecting on our few days in Trebinje, it’s amazing how quickly time flies! Artists in Trebinje created personal responses to Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series and then collaborated in groups of four to tell a story using a theme that was common among them. Some told stories about community and travel, while others explored issues of identity and fear. We held an exhibition opening reception at the Cultural Center and were thrilled at the turnout! Artists talked with family and friends about how much they enjoyed having the opportunity to meet new people with shared stories and common interests, and to work and learn in new ways. I’m going to miss this wonderful community of fun and experimental students, but I’m also looking forward to our final workshop in Sarajevo!
Rachel Goldberg, Head of K-12 Initiatives