This session will feature two presentations:
A Story of Sustenance – The Ceramic Object as Conduit for Engagement
Anna Metcalfe and Holly Hanessian
Agriculture, food, water and ceramics have had an interconnected history. Today these human productions are revisited through the lens of environmental effects on access to water and food distribution and the rituals involved with domestic sustenance. Two projects will be discussed that overlap with contemporary issues of agriculture, farming, water and how the ceramic medium plays a unique role in an engaged dialogue about sustainability.
From Here to There: Picture Stories of Refugee Women’s Lives
Shira Walinsky, Melissa Fogg, Megan Voeller, and Caroline Christianson
Southeast by Southeast, a project of Philadelphia Mural Arts, is a cultural hub programmed with mural workshops, art education, ESL and other social services to benefit South Philadelphia’s refugee populations. These populations experience elevated risk to physical and mental health as a result of resettlement. The presentation offers a history of SExSE and discussion of how photo elicitation has been used at the hub space to understand community needs and develop programs.