This semester I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to start a new organization called Art in Action, and so far, we’ve had two awesome meetings with many more to come! I’ve been thinking of creating this club since my freshman year, and I’m really happy to finally be making my dream come true.
Art in Action is a club dedicated to discussing contemporary art, promoting social justice, and practicing accessible art and games. So far, we have talked about contemporary artists including Oliver Herring, Allora and Calzadilla, and John Cage. We plan on discussing many more with the help of Art21’s website. We have looked at how these artists’ practices deal with themes of collaboration and accessibility, and utilize a variety of mediums to make art.
At the most recent meeting, we played TASK (created by Oliver Herring) and a portrait-drawing game. The best part of both of these games is that you don’t have to be “good at art” to participate. TASK is a game where you complete “tasks” that are written by others, and it becomes this playful, interactive, collaborative experience that changes every time you play. The portrait-drawing game consists of over several 1.5 minute intervals where we all worked on portraits of each other, creating a final product that involved everyone’s participation. At the beginning, you have no idea how these portraits will look, but by the end they are these unique expressions of each individual that was only possible through collaboration. We’ve had so much fun!!
We are working on outreach, and a leadership team is coming together. We are going to plan bigger events that will integrate community members and university students. We want to look at the space of Boone and the art context of everyone who lives here to find ways to work together to create simple, accessible, but incredibly meaningful works of art. Because we live in a contemporary world, we need these spaces to learn, grow, and share experiences with each other through the medium of art.
What change can we inspire through this organization? I don’t know how this group will develop and change over time, but I hope to expand these conversations of contemporary art and interrelations within the Boone community. I believe this is an opportunity for new friendships and an awareness that dismantles borders that divide our community.
If you’re interested in learning more, joining Art in Action, or sponsoring the club, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to have you! Bring your friends, neighbors, parents, kids, strangers, anyone and everyone!
Written by: Sope Kahn