Archive for March, 2014

March 2014 Newsletter

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Telling stories, crossing cultures!

DSC_0322Small hands comb through piles of buttons, fabric, and trimmings to find just the right addition to their story.  One of AOB’s classes with Excel Beyond the Bell at Roberto Clemente Middle School debuted a new partnership during its second session. We teamed up with Art & Remembrance and award-winning storyteller Noa Baum to teach the importance of stories and how to translate them into art!

The students viewed the documentary, “Through the Eye of the Needle: the Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz,” about the woman who inspired the founding of Art & Remembrance.  Krinitz was a Holocaust survivor who created works of art out of fabric and embellishments to tell her story.  Students were guided by teaching artist Carien Quiroga in telling their own stories using similar materials.

Thank you to Art & Remembrance founder Bernice Steinhardt and Ms. Baum for  giving our students such a unique and rewarding experience.

Lighting ceremony to shine on Common Ground!

Frozen was the name of the game this winter.  But don’t worry, snow won’t freeze the arts!  “Lighting the Way Home,” the celebration for Common Ground‘s achievements in the Carroll Avenue Quebec Terrace community, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on April 24.  The special event, filled with art, community, and light, was rescheduled due to inclement weather!  The collaborative team of “Common Ground” – Arts on the Block, YMCA Youth and Family Services, Imagination Stage, and Gandhi Brigade – are eager to share the accomplishments of the middle and high school participants including the beautifully crafted beautiful illuminated mosaic address signs that will make their debut at the event. Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett will be among the speakers commending Common Ground for its important work in building community and growing creative young leaders!

For more information about “Lighting the Way Home” and Common Ground, please visit the Common Ground Blog.

Trading in the studio for a Baltimore art day!

On a cloudy Saturday in March, AOB’s apprentices went on a field trip to Baltimore and sampled the art the city has to offer!  One of our clients, United Therapeutics, sent our passionate young people on this excursion for the unique opportunity to see where their materials come from.  Our apprentices visited Maryland Mosaics, a mosaic supply company, and American Visionary Art Museum with Teaching Artist Sonal Sheth and her assistant Danielle Hedquist.  They saw tiles of all shapes, sizes, and materials and were able to engage with art in a new way.

“It was great to see the apprentices discover such interesting ways of creating art forms,” Danielle, herself a former PYAO apprentice, recalled.  “They got excited to see the different materials and maybe create something at home!”  Thank you to United Therapeutics, one of our clients, for sponsoring this educational and fun trip.

 Guess who’s expanding to DC!

AOB is expanding its signature program, Pour Your ART Out, to Washington, DC!  From July 8 – August 15, the Pepco Edison Place Gallery. will be transformed into a dynamic space where visitors can see a retrospective of AOB’s work over the past ten years and watch the creation of new works by apprentice artists for major sponsors.

PYAO-DC is in need of sponsors!  For more information about investing in creative young peopleplease email Jan Goldstein and watch our website for more information.

Staff farewell and welcome

With sadness we bid farewell to Mary Ngo, our steadfast operations director, whose efforts helped keep our ship afloat for the last two years.  Mary, who has been a friend and colleague for all 10+ years of our existence, is looking forward to staying closer to home and being available to her two (adorable) children while her husband is deployed overseas.  Our gratitude and best wishes to you, Mary!!!

And so we  welcome new office manager, Erin Murray, to the team!  Erin has her B.S. in Art History from Towson University and will begin earning her M.A. in Museum Studies at George Washington University this fall.  Additionally, we will be availing ourselves of Erin’s event planning and gallery operations experience for our Pour Your ART Out-DC program.  Welcome aboard, Erin!

Board transitions

At our board retreat earlier this month we welcomed three new members:  Chris Barclay, recent past president and current member of the Montgomery County Board of Education (and candidate for County Council); Montgomery College Instructor and AOB parent Francisco Orantes; and last but not least, returning board member/entrepreneur Debra Bowes.  We are thrilled to have such talented, dedicated, and enthusiastic new members providing leadership for the organization at this important time!

At our October meeting, we said goodbye to members John Barnes, who stood by AOB and guided our financial operations for over six years including several years as Board Treasurer; Kay Abrams, who shared her many talents with us including playing a pivotal role in our fundraiser last year; and Terry Roberts, who helped us navigate all things relating to our operations.  We thank each of you for your dedication and for so generously sharing yourselves with us!