Origin Stories was a multifaceted series of community workshops, including presentations by artist-collaborators, a small concert, an exhibition tour, and an exhibition of artworks created by participants. In this work, I drew from my social-emotional arts education, where participants were invited to create stories via a series of visual prompts after presentations and intimate conversations. Individually they each made at least one “inspiration card,” which served as a visual prompt in subsequent workshops. I stimulated dialogue about how we received our own origin stories and engaged participants in art-based activities to recreate their histories. Origin Stories challenged established narratives, promoted connection, and empowered the participants to envision new stories about themselves.
While at first the workshops were presented only to adopted and fostered people, the workshops were expanded to those marginalized by mainstream society, whether through race, gender identity, immigration status, or sexual orientation.
2016 - 2017
Self-Help Graphics & Art, ONE Gallery/MOCA Pacific Design Center, California African American Museum, 18th Street Arts Center, University of Northern Iowa + AMP Youth