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Drawing Together Exhibition

Drawing Together Exhibition

Join us Friday, May 4th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm for the opening reception of Drawing Together, a community-oriented and process-based coalition building arts advocacy project showcasing how art contributes to a culture of health in the city. A series of conversations were held from September 2017 - March 2018 with each meeting hosting an expert in various fields, and included a drawing activity to embody a creative process. The final presentation of the work will include a selection of participants' drawings, excepts from the conversation, and an opportunity to add to the conversation. 

This project is funded in part from the City of Pasadena Individual Artist Grant Program. Parts of the conversation and drawings will be included in a final report to the city as a tool to encourage new ways of using the arts to solve social issues.

The Exhibitions will include drawing prompts and questions for you to add your voice about how art contributes to the health of our city. Please join me, and others from the community, to help advocate for the arts!

Jamie Crooke Powell is an artist, educator, and administrator based in Pasadena, CA. She graduated from the Otis Public Practice MFA program in 2011, and is currently the Programs Manager at The Pasadena Educational Foundation in Pasadena, CA. Her art practice is comprised of project-based artworks utilizing a service-based model exploring content at the intersection of urban planning and public health. The artwork is often participatory in nature, which utilizes performance, installation art, video, drawing, and social sculpture as formats for her artwork. Throughout her projects and professional practice she aims to create moments of reflection using pedagogical models, poetics, and a public practice. Jamie is a lifelong learner and health advocate, which informs her art practice.

The stage at La Casita will serve as a platform for multiple audiences to engage with and
transform, as each group brings their own offerings and additions to the dynamic sculpture/stage.
In speaking about their residency at La Casita, Slanguage says the following:
“When we first started this project at La Casita, we had a very general idea of the
thematic we wanted to use but we discovered so much being in residency and allowing
the place, the people around to inspire it. We first did research and looked at possibilities
of sculpture in homes and self-taught artists.
For instance, we took a few trips to the Haunted Shack Garden in Pasadena -- the home
of Brent Allen Spears, which has been transformed into sanctuary of altars, totems, and
sculptures built of recycled materials, broken ceramics, and discarded objects. We also
went to Disneyland to look at the Light Parades and how they built them. We had writing
and drawing sessions for ourselves to brainstorm. And finally we took note of the school
across the street, the kids, the parents, and all the street vendors that daily pass by to sell
candy, fruits, and snacks.
We were so much inspired by the vendors and their packed food carts and trucks, which
were sculptural and architectural. Finally, we decided to use the idea of a discarded
object like the Haunted Shack Gardens. This was structure that was left in the back of La
Casita which nobody knew what it was and who it belonged to. So we decided this would
be the perfect stage to be transformed and reused as a public stage.

Exhibition will run from May 4-6. Exhibition Hours: 12 - 5 pm. Event is free and open to the public. 

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Friday, May 4, 2018
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Armory Center for the Arts Community Room
145 North Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA 91103