Sunblossom Residency Pilot Season Spring 2014: Please visit our blog!
Searching for hosts and funding to continue this model!
OPEN CALL : Closed
Deadline: January 9th, 2014 @ 12 PM NOON
landscape by San San
This program is funded by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance .
Since 2009, Sunblossom has been an evolving skill share between myself and guest artists and kids who are refugees (mostly from Burma). Since their arrival in Houston 4 years ago, we've made art once a week whenever possible.
Htoo Roh is a local artist and musician who also works to document the culture of the Karen people in art and written word. He guest taught a portrait drawing class for the teenage members of the Refugee Community Empowerment Association.
The kids got to come to my job-job and make awesome invent-a-monster, mixed media, collage illustration mad lib books with personal action figures at Art League Houston's summer camp. Made possible by the facilitation of Zachary Gresham, Gertrude Barnstone Scholarships donations by Art League board members and friends, and an SUV loan by Vanessa Groves.
Nameless Sound brought Susan Thorpe and Bonnie Jones to lead Electronic Music: Powered by Girls Contact Microphones & Improvised Music Workshop John Glenn, Dave Dove, Ayanna Jolivet McCloud, and Jason Jackson helped facilitate http://technesound.org/our-workshops/ http://www.namelesssound.org/
A series of workshops in collaboration with James Ciosek in which the students built, decorated, and earned their own art bikes. The project culminated in an exhibition at labotanica, an inaugural ride around Emancipation Park, and riding in the 2011 Houston Art Car Parade.
Skype talks between refugee youth community leaders and amazing artist activists Htein Lin and Chaw Ei Thein were followed by art projects in response to their methods. Read the New York Times article about them at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/13/world/asia/13prisoners.html?_r=1.
A collaborative mural composed of drawings by recently resettled kids illustrating their old and new homes.
In collaboration with Naomi Natale and One Million Bones, in which "one million bones...each representing a call to action against ongoing genocide and mass atrocities...were crafted by students, educators, artists, and activists from around the world, and were laid out" on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. June 8-10, 2013. In addition to making salt dough bones with the kids, we hosted a Houston Bonemaking party at labotanica. We made skulls from recycled milk jugs, as well as bones from soap, wax, flowers, plastic bags, paper towel tubes, and newspapers. onemillionbones.org
We've done multiple projects including painting, batik, paper mache masks, collage, origami, a field trip to the Houston Museum of Fine Art, and a portrait drawing class taught by accomplished local Karen artist Sar Moo Lay. We've focused on collaborative projects imagining our own theme parks, schools, societies, and cities.