“We are in community each time we find a place where we belong.” –Peter Block
“CONGREGATE art + faith + community” and Baltimore Performance Kitchen are pleased to present “Closets”, a live performance of stories shared by congregation members and interpreted by members of the Single Carrot Theatre. The performance will be held in the Sheila and Richard Riggs gallery on Sunday, September 22 at 5pm.
The Baltimore Performance Kitchen creative team went to various project sites and recorded congregants’ stories of hope, fear, and love—and how they found support from their fellow church members. This resulted in an installation that juxtaposes black and white video portraits of the participants with audio recordings of them recounting their stories. This installation is featured in the gallery space as a back drop for the theatre performance interpreted by Single Carrot Theatre.
AKIMBO Dance Festival is a day of site-specific dance and movement art in Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District. This summer, AKIMBO will be presenting two events in partnership with the CONGREGATE exhibition. On August 30, 2013, AKIMBO will host a “CONGREGATE Community Artwalk” in Station North in cooperation with the five places of worship at 5pm.
On September 15, the second annual AKIMBO Dance Festival will activate the Station North Arts and Entertainment District with site-specific dance and movement art. As part of this festival, Deep Vision Dance Company will be performing at MICA’s Studio Center Sheila & Richard Riggs and Leidy galleries, with movements responding to and incorporating the artworks created by the artists-in-residence from each congregation.
FORCE is an activist arts collaborative committed to promoting a culture of consent through performance events, community conversations and public art works. FORCE will facilitate a series of storytelling and quilting workshops in the congregations to build community support for survivors of rape and sexual assault. The blankets will be part of a large scale community art installation, the Monument Project. To submit a story or learn more, visit upsettingrapeculture.com or themonumentproject.org.
CONGREGATE art + faith + community will offer a series of screen-printing and letterpress workshops for youth within the congregations in conjunction with Baltimore Print Studios. The workshop series will generate community conversations about place, belonging and identity. This workshop aims to build relationships between youth congregants, artists and community organizations within the arts district. Through community discussions, the youth will decide on the content that will be created during the print workshop.
After the workshop, all the posters, which created by youth, will be presented in MICA’s Studio Center Sheila & Richard Riggs and Leidy galleries on view from September 6-25, 2013. These prints will serve as a platform for engagement from the audience, inviting viewers to offer written responses to questions the youth have posed to the audience. The screen printing and letterpress processes will be a platform for how the participants choose to share their stories, interests, and experiences.