Monday Night Program:  Art and Life

Lillie Park by Debra Golden

Monday, February 19 @ 7 pm

Debra Jean Golden, M.F.A., will speak on her influences, the large role teaching plays in her art and life, and what it’s like to juggle many art roles. She works in themes and and will show some of her watercolors, acrylics, book illustrations, murals, and even some theater posters and set paintings.

She identifies as an artist at large and describes her life work as “art and the meaning of life.”  She is an instructor at Washtenaw Community College in the Community Enrichment program teaching primarily watercolor and acrylic painting classes.  Debra Jean is also on staff at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor using her skills in education and the arts to infuse deeper levels of meaning to curriculum.  Her work can be found in many public and private collections in five countries including the University of Michigan and the Ypsilanti District Libraries She also works as a scenic artist for local theater groups.

Open and Free to the Public
Ann Arbor Women Artists Hdqrs
4844 Jackson Road
Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Reminder to AAWA members:  Prior to this Monday Program @ 6:15 pm there will be a meeting which includes the vote for the new bylaws.

 

Monday Night Program: The Healing Power of Artistic Expression

Speaker Heather Martin

Monday, January 15 @ 7 pm

Heather Martin is the founder and director of the Youth Arts Alliance, a non- profit organization she launched in 2013.  It is a five-county art collaborative in Southeast Michigan, which serves youth between the ages of 11 and 17 who are detained in residential treatment at the Jackson County, Washtenaw County, Wayne County Youth Centers, and at the Livingston County Juvenile Court.

Each week for 36 weeks a year, about 180 youth express themselves in visual arts, creative writing, and theater.  Ninety two per cent of them plan to participate in more creative arts activities upon returning to their communities.  Youth Arts Alliance is built on the foundation that every young adult has the ability to excel if given the proper opportunity, platforms, and audience.

With the support of community artists and dedicated volunteers the Alliance has grown steadily, supported by public funds, private contributions, and grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Heather will present her ideas on the subject of inter-sectional needs of youth in the juvenile justice system and how artistic experiences offer a vehicle for healing.  Join Us!

Ann Arbor Women Artists Hdqrs
4844 Jackson Road
Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Open and Free to the Public

 

Monday Night Program

Donna Hiner Speaker

Monday, Nov 20 @ 7 pm

Donna will discuss her work including her most recently created “Contained Adjustments: The Cicadian Years” art installation from her prior work with County Jail Inmates. It garnered Top 10 Juried, and Top 5 People’s Choice Awards in the ArtWalk Central Competition.

Donna lives in Mt Pleasant and has earned undergraduate degrees in Biology, History and Sculpture/Computer Graphics; and holds two Master degrees in History/Art History and Sculpture/Installation. She thinks “Art can be an effective tool in Activism,” as well as a positive outlet towards healing emotional/psychological traumas. Donna’s past works have explored introspection, self-actualization, societal issues, feminism, and authenticity in an inauthentic environment.

She’s participated in numerous National/International Art Competitions, created Performance Art, held Solo exhibitions, delved into Spiritual Art, and developed a Healing Masks Art Program for County Jail Inmates, which led to a mentoring position for U of M’s Prison Creative Arts Program (PCAP, 2003-2012).

While in Graduate school, Donna developed and led free art workshops for women who were victims of Domestic Violence. In the summer of 2007, Donna was chosen to be the Art Director for a VSA-CMU research-based Camp for children with Autism, developing the Art Program and leading Mentors through the creative process. She’s also taught History as an Adjunct Instructor.

Ann Arbor Women Artists Hdqrs
4844 Jackson Road
Suite 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Open and Free to the Public

 

 

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