September 11, 2012
Hello everyone! I am sad to tell you all that my Community Arts Project has come to an end. From August 6th to August 16th I have a total of 48 participants from MORE (Multicultural School for Empowerment). I am very pleased that this project has successfully engaged more than 200 participants from St. Paul, Maplewood and Minneapolis.
I decided to take on the project because I thought that it would be very interesting and challenging to have communities fold origami to make an outfit – leaving a part of their signature behind. Those signatures are the origami they made. Throughout this project, I learned that there is a limit of participants I can help by myself. Without my volunteers and the organization staff I could not be able to help everyone, especially the younger kids and elders.
The community reacted to my project with positive attitudes. Every one of them that came to the workshops participated and enjoyed making lots of origami for me. I even have some youth told me that they will go buy more origami papers and make some more at home.
One story that I will always remember while working on this project is at a workshop at MORE. My participants spoke and understood very limited English but they followed through with a translator and by looking at me. They really changed my perception of working with elders and non-English speaker of different backgrounds.
CHAT’s Community Arts Project changed me as an artist by making me more aware of the kinds of projects that are more effective with youth and elders. Lastly, the Community Arts Project made me a stronger artist by showing me that a well done project required time, community, and sponsorship.
Thank you Sai Vang at CHAT, contributors, volunteers and participating organizations for making this project possible because of you my project has so many stories to tell. Thank you for all of your patience and the motivation to learn.
The final artwork from this project will be exhibited at two upcoming events:
1) CHAT’s Fresh Tradition VI Fashion Show on September 29th from 7:30 to 11:00pm at the Minneapolis Public Library Central Library (300 Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis). General admission tickets are $15 and can be bought at: http://freshtraditions6.eventbrite.com/
2) Saint Paul Art Crawl 2012 at CHAT Studio (995 University Avenue, Suite 220 in Saint Paul), Oct. 12 (6-10PM), Oct. 13 (Noon-8PM), and Oct. 14 (Noon-5PM). In addition to the final artwork, we will be showcasing a fashion exhibit unconventional item found around the light rail. This event is free and open to the public.
And lately, an important announcement! The prize drawing winners are: Kwe Nge from MORE, Cindy Her from GRIPP, and Jasmine Carlson from Upward Bound
Thank you everyone for participating! I hope I get to see some of you in the future!
Yang Mee Yang Moua