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SANKOFA: Linking Back for an Evolving Identity
Please join us for the opening reception of our upcoming exhibit for Connecticut artist – Michelle Thomas.
This event is free and open to the public.
Upon finishing her graduate studies in art education at Central Connecticut State University, Michelle Thomas seeks to showcase the breadth and scope of her research. This current body of work represents Thomas’ personal journey of looking back upon life, retracing historical events and individual experiences to glean knowledge of self. No matter how painful looking at our past is, there exists an extreme benefit to learning from mistakes and misfortunes to change the course of the future. The human story may, at times, be wrought with injustice, discontent and outright hatred yet our resilient spirit rises above and overcomes all obstacles. The artist’s mission is to encourage healing in this hurting world. As we journey back, we can reunite with spirit, taking us to the very source of existence where all knowledge and wisdom reside, manifesting the necessary energy to change the world and ourselves.
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT:
This current body of work represents a personal journey of looking back upon life, retracing historical events and individual experiences to glean knowledge of self. The overall research towards the artist’s master thesis concludes the necessity of infusing the African descent community with images and stories of empowerment to create a climate of unity and love to become the standard for a lasting legacy.
Open to the Public 21 years and older: WORK_SPACE hosts a Happy Hour program featuring a local brewery or business owner from the food and beverage industry.
Our event in JUNE will be a special collaboration to spread the word about a very unique and fun event coming (back) to downtown Manchester on August 24th. Silk City Arts & Music Fest 2019 is a FREE event for live music, local art vendors, interactive activities, food trucks, and a beer tent offering craft beers from local breweries.
The organizers and two of the festival’s vendors will join us to give a sneak peek into what we can expect on the big day!
ART FÜD is a nonprofit organization with the primary goal of organizing art programs and events to provide sustenance to charitable community causes.
OTHER SPECIAL GUESTS TBD
Mask Making; Led by Michelle Thomas
Each participant has the opportunity to explore a variety of mixed media materials and create a unique mask that speaks from their specific perspective. Using our imaginations and manifestation of creation we can make masks that signify our inner identity without judgement or flaw; just pure creation. Images of empowerment help shift our minds towards celebration and unity.
This tutorial will be ongoing throughout the day as a part of CT Open House Day.
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WORK_SPACE is an official participant of Connecticut Open House Day – an annual event scheduled for the second Saturday of June, when cultural organizations and tourism attractions throughout the state open their doors to Connecticut residents and invite them to discover — and rediscover the wealth of treasures offered right here in Connecticut. WORK_SPACE will be open for tours of its unique coworking commons and three art galleries. Coordinated by the Connecticut Office of Tourism.
Please join us for the opening of this exhibit. Light refreshments provided.
“Artfully Yours” will be on display from Friday, June 10th through Friday July 12th. If you are unable to attend the opening reception, you may view the exhibit during WORK_SPACE public hours – Monday through Friday (10 am – 4 pm) and during special after-hours events.
Let’s discuss how to change our perspectives around stress by watching Kelly McGonigal’s talk on “How to Turn Stress Into an Advantage”. This is a free monthly network gathering where we watch a TED Talk over lunch (BYO), discuss the talk, and then eat cake to celebrate birthdays for that month.
ABOUT THE TALK: In her book, The Upside of Stress, McGonigal asks, “If you could choose how stressful tomorrow will be, would you hope for a great deal of stress?” Our natural response is likely a resounding “No.” Yet, as McGonigal shows, a subtle shift in perspective around stress can be incredibly empowering. By reframing stress as a good thing and a sign of personal progress, we can avoid some of the baggage that comes with becoming stressed and actually turn our anxious feelings into a source of strength.
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