Workshops

The Gold Foundation Series of Artist Led Workshops for Healthcare Providers

Violence Transformed 2015 gratefully acknowledges the receipt of a “Humanism in Medicine” Award from The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, providing support for a unique series of artist-led workshops for healthcare providers interested in better understanding the ways in which art, artists and art-making contribute to the health and well-being of individuals, families and entire communities. With this unique award, Violence Transformed has been able to launch six outstanding workshops in 2015.  Images and brief descriptions of the Gold Foundation Workshops are provided below.  To review our Final Report to the Gold Foundation and learn more about the project click here

Workshop #1: Spin a Yarn, Weave a Life

1 The Gold Foundation Series of Violence Transrformed artist-led workshops was introduced at this year’s Cambridge College Exhibit: “Art Speaks Truth to Power” Sunday, March 22, 2015, 1-4 PM: Catherine Tutter and Cheyenne McCarter Spin a Yarn/Weave a Life Cambridge College 1000 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA The Gold Foundation Series of Violence Transformed artist-led workshops was introduced at this year’s Cambridge College Exhibit: “Art Speaks Truth to Power” by “Spin a Yarn” artists Cheyenne McCarter and Catherine Tutter who engaged participants in the full process of creating yarns from paper and weaving them together, side-by-side, on a loom prepared by the artists in advance. Digital scans of participants’ original writings/drawings were made to preserve the original content. The fabric was tagged to correspond to prints of the digital scans, allowing viewers to recognize the original, embedded content in each woven segment of the fabric. The collective textile, along with the digital scans and a video of the workshop itself, was on view through April 11, 2015 at Cambridge College and, again, at our annual Statehouse Exhibit.

Workshop #2: Peace Train Journey & “When Voices Meet”

Saturday, April 18, 2015: Sharon Katz Global Arts and Health Care Conference Brattle Street Campus Lesley University Sharon Katz is a South African musician and performance artist currently touring the US with a film documenting her “Peace Train Journey”, a unique celebration of muti-racial voices organized by Katz and taken across South Africa following the release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years of imprisonment. The forthcoming film “When Voices Meet” was previewed by Sharon Katz as she shared lessons from the project and engaged participants in singing and dancing inspired by it. The Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award enabled Violence Transformed to sponsor the workshop and, in so-doing, serve as a co-sponsor of the Global Arts and Health care Conference. Lesley University kindly offered free admission not only to the workshop, but also to the entire conference (Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18) to any students in the health care field and to designated individuals affiliated with Violence Transformed.

Workshop #3: “One Hen” and Encouraging the Creativity of Children

Sunday, April 19, 2015: Brian Murphy Totally Wired Sculpture Roxbury Community College (RCC) Day Care Center & Mainstage Theater of RCC’s Media Arts Center Roxbury Community College Brian Murphy is a social worker who works with children at risk as well a celebrated creator of fanciful and compelling wire sculptures. He is also the founder of Totally Wired Sculpture and a leader of workshops for artists, health care professionals and kids from diverse and often complicated backgrounds. His exceptional contribution to Violence Transformed’s Gold Foundation Workshop Series was a two-stage project that began with a workshop with children at the Roxbury Community College day care center who then performed on stage in the children’s play “One Hen” at RCC’s Mainstage Theater. The first part of the project involved working with the children, family members and early childhood educators to help the preschoolers develop and create their own costumes for the play and to give them (and their caregivers) a sense of how the children’s own creativity would enhance the play’s final production. The second part of the project – on Sunday April 19– was a post-play workshop for the children, their families, their daycare providers and other healthcare providers working with children at risk. The goal was to demonstrate how sculpture and art can be used as a tool to encourage and empower children to express themselves and connect to a larger goal. It was enormously fun and hugely successful!

Workshop #4: THE STORY CIRLE WITH ROBBIE MCCAULEY

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 4-6 PM: Robbie McCauley Story Circle Workshop Media Arts Center Roxbury Community College Robbie McCauley is an acclaimed performance artist, emeritus professor of the Emerson Theater Arts faculty, and health care activist. In this event, she introduced a group of health care professionals of diverse backgrounds in a “Story Circle” workshop at RCC’s Media Arts Center. McCauley is also the author and star of a one-woman play entitled “Sugar” which deals with her own history of diabetes and the need for healthcare providers to more effectively address the impact of diagnoses such as with diabetes, “trauma” or other “shaming/blaming” diagnosis and to address with greater skill and sensitivity the realty of healthcare disparities associated with racial minority status and/or low income.

Workshop #5: POWER-UP: PERSONAL POETRY & COLLAGE

Tuesday May 19, 2015, 12 – 2 PM: L”Merchie Frazier Power up:Personal Power Poetry Shattuck Hospital Part I: 12-1; Part 2:1:15-3 LMerchie Frazier is an award-winning visual artist, poet, performance artist and Education Director of Boston’s African American History Museum. An artist who has regularly contributed stunning works to Violence Transformed (and is currently curating our “Focus on Freedom” Exhibit at RCC), this year she followed a Grand Rounds presentation on Violence Transformed at Shattuck Hospital with a presentation and haiku poetry and visual art collage workshop at Shattuck Hospital. Her presentation introduced the history and 5-7-5 format of the traditionally Japanese haiku poem and shared with workshop attendees (health care providers from Shattuck Hospital and Violence Transformed) the ways in which the haiku format could enable patients to find new avenues of expression and self-exploration. She then led attendees in a series of literary and visual art making activities that they might adapt with their own patients to support self discovery. The workshop engaged participants both individually and collectively, in a poetry, storytelling and visual art making. The workshop was co-sponsored by Robert McMackin, M.D. of Shattuck Hospital and Barry Gaither, Executive Director, Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists.

Workshop #6: MARK-MAKING & JOURNALING: PATHWAYS TO HEALING