Dispatches: Stories of Struggle in Bosnia Through Jacob Lawrence

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.

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Emerging artists in at OKC Abrasevic art center in Mostar work together to tell stories of Bosnian struggle and migration.

Two days into workshops here in Mostar, Bosnia and already we’re seeing and hearing some amazing stories. We’ve explored Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series with emerging artists and elementary school students and asked them to use this masterpiece of American narrative painting as an inspiration for telling their own important stories. So far, we’ve seen and heard stories of struggle, war, migration, discrimination, and hope from these talented young artists.

In the next few days, we’ll be working with high school students, orphans, and teachers. We’re looking forward to hearing and seeing the stories they share!

Rachel Goldberg, Head of K-12 Initiatives

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Elementary students in Mostar.

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Elementary students in Mostar created a 3-part collaborative series that told the story of the 1992-1995 War in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Emerging artists in at OKC Abrasevic art center in Mostar work together to tell stories of Bosnian struggle and migration.

The Phillips and Jacob Lawrence in Bosnia

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Educator Rachel Goldberg’s desk as she packs for a trip to Bosnia.

We’re excited to share that Rachel Goldberg, Head of K-12 Initiatives and Andrea Kim Neighbors, Specialist for School, Outreach, and Family Programs are leaving on a two-week artful adventure to Bosnia. In Sarajevo, Mostar, and Trebinje, we will be facilitating workshops on Prism.K12 and Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series. We invite you to follow our adventures working with young students, teachers, and artists here on the blog and on Twitter @EducatorRachel and @LetsGoToMuseums.

More pictures and stories to come…

Rachel Goldberg, Head of K-12 Initiatives
Andrea Kim Neighbors, Specialist for School, Outreach, and Family Programs

Welcome Back, Migration Series!

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Installation view of Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series, currently on view in The original Phillips house.

We’re welcoming back The Phillips Collection’s 30 panels of Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series with some new digs. The panels returned in September after a trip to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where they were reunited with the 30 panels owned by MoMA in the exhibition One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Works. If you missed it, the 60 panels will come together again at the Phillips in fall 2016. For now, the Phillips-owned panels are on display in what was once the original family dining room.