Voices Unfold Exhibition & Community Workshop

Saturday, March 16, 2013

12:30 PM-2:30 PM

Cost: Free

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Teen/Young Adult Room (Ground Floor)

Sat, 2013-03-16 12:30 - 14:30

Voices Unfold Exhibition & Community Workshop

Gallery Reception 12:30-1:30PM   

Community Art Workshop 1:30-2:30PM

Join Sojourner House at Providence Public Library for Voices Unfold, an exhibition of expressive artist books by clients from Sojourner House. The reception also includes a free community workshop. Bring the whole family to the Library and make your own accordion fold books. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public.

Voices Unfold will be installed in the windows of the Providence Public Library throughout the month of March 2013.

All Voices Unfold programs will be held at the Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street in Providence. Thanks to generous support from the Rhode State Council on the Arts, all of the programs are FREE and open to the public.

About the Project

Voices Unfold engaged clients of Sojourner House in a four-month art and writing experience led by Providence artist, Alyssa Holland Short. Alyssa, an illustrator and arts educator, worked directly with clients from Sojourner House in Woonsocket and Providence to build a portfolio of personal artworks through writing, drawing, painting, and printmaking. At the culmination of the program, the clients bound their artwork into artist books.

The experience assisted participants in self-exploration, growth, and healing through their creative expression. The title Voices Unfold references the acts of making and interacting with books. It is inspired by the words of Maya Angelou: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Angelou’s words emphasize to the silence and isolation that often accompany and perpetuate domestic violence. Voices Unfold preserved the stories of domestic violence survivors and celebrates their voices through the creative options that artist books offer.

About the Collaborators

Sojourner House is a nonprofit domestic violence organization founded in 1976 by Brown University students. During the past 35 years Sojourner House has grown from a part-time, all-volunteer hotline into a provider of comprehensive services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to victims of abuse. Their current programs include a drop-in advocacy center, a teen dating violence prevention program (Start Strong Rhode Island), a residential program that includes an emergency shelter and transitional housing, and a court advocacy program.

Alyssa Holland Short is a freelance illustrator based in Providence, RI. Her work includes stationery, prints, custom gifts, and she is currently working on a children’s book with author Douglas Berry. Alyssa has over ten years of experience teaching art in academic and community settings, including Rhode Island School of Design, Moore College of Art + Design, New Urban Arts, Providence CityArts for Youth, Providence Public Schools, and YouthBuild. Alyssa has a BFA in Communication Arts from Moore and an MA in Art Education with a focus on community-based education from RISD.

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