ART AGAINST BULLYING
An art activism series presented in partnership with
YOU WILL RISE PROJECT & OPEN GROUND STUDIOS
ART ACTIVISM COMES TO MONTEREY Open Ground Studios and the You Will Rise Project join forces this fall to bring attention to the power of art activism in the face of social and human injustice. Artist Paul Richmond, an OGS co-op member and recent transplant to the Monterey area, is co-founder of the You Will Rise Project. This fall, together we will launch a series of events to promote Art Against Bullying.
You Will Rise: Art Against Bullying Workshops You Will Rise Project is an organization founded in 2011 that empowers those who have experienced bullying to speak out creatively through the language, visual, and performing arts. During the month of October, we are inviting teens (grades 9-12) to participate in free workshops where they will work with professional artists and mentors to create raw, uncensored works about their experiences with bullying. The resulting collection, including collaborative installation pieces and individual creations, will be presented in a multi-media pop-up exhibit at Open Ground Studios that is open to the public. Visit YOU WILL RISE to apply to participate!
Visiting Artists from Ohio: Artists/mentors Aaron Anderson and Angela Wilson, and You Will Rise co-founder Linda Regula will be making their way to Monterey in support of launching the You Will Rise Project on the West Coast. Aaron is one of the Directors of the You Will Rise Project, and is a talented graphic designer and fine artist. Angela is the Operations Manager, and is an instructional designer and fine artist. Linda Regula is a fine artist, teacher, gallery owner, museum curator, and published author. She was Paul’s childhood art instructor, and their relationship, dating back to 1984, was the basis for creating You Will Rise. Linda and Paul were both bullied as kids. Linda attributes her experience of being bullied to the fact that she was "poor, skinny, motherless, and very shy." Paul was bullied because he is gay. They both believe that these hardships served as powerful motivation to make choices that ultimately enriched their lives -- and their art. We are planning opportunities in and around the Peninsula where these arts activists will be able to share their stories, their work and their passion to stand up against bullying.
Help bring the You Will Rise Project to more teens on the west coast!
Get Involved! Contact Open Ground Studios to learn more.
Donations (art supplies, workshop snacks, marketing support)
Thank you for your support!
TIMELINE & DATES
Sept 21: APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR PARTICIPANTS
Sept. 23 & 24: Artist Open Studio Tour at Open Ground Studios – additional opportunities for community participation with Pieced Together installation, plus live painting demonstration by Paul Richmond
Oct. 1 – 22: Sundays 12 noon - 3:00 Art Against Bullying Workshops. Up to 15 participants, and 5 local and visiting artist mentors on-site.
Oct. 29: Sunday 1:00 - 3:00 Pop-Up Exhibition - Art Against Bullying
LINKS AND MEDIA COVERAGE
Local artist working with students to overcome bullying with art | KSBW Action News 8, Oct 1, 2017
You Will Rise Project collaborates with Open Ground Studios in Seaside on Art Against Bullying program | Monterey Herald, Sept 2, 2017
Video Interview with Paul and Denese | Monterey Herald, Sept 2, 2017