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WHERE ART + ACTION = COMMUNITY

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ART + ACTION = COMMUNITY

Art + Action = Community.  Yellow House has lived by this concept since our creation.  Sometimes the word 'community' becomes 'change' or 'hope'...all of these sentiments sit at the heart of our mission.  This has never been more true than in recent months. 

I hope you will take a moment to peruse this newsletter in what I know is a very full inbox to get a glimpse of our recent work and some upcoming programs and actions.  Although our physical space remains closed to the public, it is still active with virtual tours, as a hub for outreach, and a launch pad for the future.  New initiatives have been born and collaborations continuously fed.

As important, is our work beyond our walls.  Our exhibitions have moved into the streets and onto a university campus.  The work we do in neighborhoods continues with a new sense of urgency during this difficult and uncertain time.  Supporting artists and poets - especially Black, Brown, and LGBTQI creators - remains central in our efforts.  Being responsive through a combination of agitation and healing, has meant consistent adaptation and evolution.

Below you will find information on two upcoming virtual programs with voices that have much to share.  And within the next two weeks we will unveil a new action to shape a space for remembering, grieving, and healing.  Our small, but mighty team are grateful for your continued engagement and solidarity.  We remain incredibly committed to our mission and recognize that the need for a place that values shared learning, free expression, civic engagement, speaking truth to power, and healing is more important than ever.  Thank you for all the ways you support this work.

In radical love,

Hope McMath

ART THAT HEALS - VIRTUALLY!

We are inspired and moved by the many ways that educators, artists, organizers, and front line workers continue to adapt to this unprecedented time.  Our own collaborations have benefitted from the tenacity and commitment of people and organizations determined to offer important content, despite our inability to physically gather.

Our partnership with the Humanities in Medicine program at Mayo Clinic is no exception.  We have led online workshops and live, virtual tours for physicians and other caregivers.  Most recently we have highlighted Magic, Mirth, and Mortality: Musings on Black Motherhood.  These sessions have been especially powerful as we utilize the art and writings on our walls to open up conversations about health inequities, the history of racism, and the trauma and beauty of motherhood. We are appreciative to the Mayo Clinic team for trusting our ability to reach through our devices to provide a platform for profound conversation, respite, and deep learning.

You, too, can still visit the current exhibition here.  The messages contained within are more important now than ever.

SIT IN, STAND UP


In the streets.  Where students convene.  At Civil Rights commemorations.  Online. 

These are some of the places that the The Sit In, Stand Up show has appeared. The exhibition has had an interesting and diverse existence during this time of pandemic, racial reckoning, and political engagement. Inspired by the rich history of political posters, we created a collection of images that respond to the issues marking this time. 

Dozens of works have shown up in a variety of spaces.  From the 60th Anniversary Commemoration of Ax Handle Saturday in August to an exhibition at the Lufrano Gallery at the University of North Florida the works have been viewed by thousands of people.  They have also popped up around the city, in video projections and wheat paste installations on walls and sidewalks.  And in the weeks leading up to the election, Yellow House expanded the show by commissioning designer Keion Davis to create a series of three posters on some the issues driving people to the polls.  The exhibition evolved into Sit In, Stand Up, and VOTE, proving the power of art to respond to the times we live in.

You can get a full list of works and the artists who created them by visiting here.  Read an interview with Keion Davis by Yellow House Fellow, Jordy Bowen, here. 

SUSTENANCE IN ALL ITS FORMS

Since June we have had the great pleasure to work alongside the FarmHERS with the Center for Sustainable Agricultural Excellence and Conservation and their efforts to support area farmers by distributing their produce directly to those who are food insecure...literally farm to front door. 

We have given time to the weekly sorting at the farm in Hastings, coming back with a truck full of produce to distribute to the communities we stand with, including Ken Knight Drive and the neighborhood around Yellow House.  This has also led to a weekly produce stand on the front lawn of our golden home, where anyone can take a bag of fresh food, art supplies, books, and sometimes scarves to stay warm. Sustenance really does come in many forms.

We recognize that this is a modest response relative to the size of the challenge and the Hurculean efforts of non-profits doing this work everyday.  But it is an example of doing what we can, where we are.  Thank you to all who have contributed to this newest aspect of our practice.

HOUSE CALLS

A couple weeks ago we launched a new iteration of House Calls, a series that offers up the power of words spoken aloud by poets, storytellers, educators, and artists. These small doses of truth, healing, and connection give us permission to pause and reflect during this intense time.  We are grateful to those who have submitted videos and look forward to sharing more in the coming weeks.  Follow us on social media or visit our YouTube channel here.

UPCOMING VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

Authors in the House: Rodney L. Hurst, Sr. & Rudy F. Jamison, Jr.

Tuesday | December 8 | 7 – 8:30pm

Join us for this virtual event to celebrate the new book, Never Forget Who You Are:  Conversations About Racism and Identity Development, by our friends and collaborators Rodney L. Hurst, Sr. and Rudy F. Jamison, Jr.  More info here


Holding Space:  A Conversation With the Artists

Tuesday | December 15 | 7 – 8:30pm
Join us for a virtual conversation with the artists of the Magic, Mirth, and Mortality:  Musings on Black Motherhood exhibition.  More info here

SUPPORT OUR MISSION


With every donation we are able to fund the work of artists, build community as part of a mutual aid network, and continue to take action through art.  We might be physically closed for the moment, but we are as active as ever. Thanks to all who have believed enough in our work to step up with support during this remarkable time.
 
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