Views of The Community Studio
For Making Place Matter, there will be a Community Studio, adjacent to the main gallery. Visitors will have the opportunity to respond through art making activities designed to connect their own ideas of place to the exhibition, and interact with Hatch, Said, and Velarde during each artist’s short residency in The Community Studio. The widely encompassing Exhibition Council will design and create programming for this space that seeks to strengthen the visitor's engagement with our exhibition. We are truly dedicated to expanding our audience, therefore the group from whom we seek counsel must reflect our wider aspirational audience. From our past experiences, especially Clay & Conversations, it is clear that group members provide important insight and act as ambassadors within their communities, forming a conduit of information to friends and neighbors that is a meaningful way to draw new participants.
Our goal is to present art exhibitions that inspire transformative personal experiences for all of our audiences. Through the vision of artists Velarde, Hatch, and Said who each substantiate the importance of place to explore identity, Making Place Matter will empower visitors to use their creativity to examine their own connections to place and identity, as they also form a deeper connection to The Clay Studio in its new home. This meaningful exhibition will provoke discussion, inspire art-making through responsive activities for audiences, and therefore will promote a sense of agency over the gallery space for visitors.
Making Place Matter has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.