Assemblage co-build with Alliance Against Domestic Abuse and Jimmy Descant
PRESS RELEASE: From Andrea Schulz-Ward and Jimmy Descant, Tues Oct 4, 4:30-9
In a unique collaboration of community service, art, and public participation; the Alliance Against Domestic Abuse, artist Jimmy Descant and crew, and Ken Brandon, owner of Box of Bubbles Creative Center are coming together to form a one-of-a-kind artistic event that the entire community is invited to experience.
The event is titled, ‘The Healing Hearts Project’. This project was originally designed to help survivors of trauma start the process of healing through creative outlets. With a wooden heart and a vast amount of imagination and supplies, this project encourages survivors to decorate one side of a heart with their story of abuse, while the opposite side is to highlight how their strength has helped them heal and move forward. With one in four women being victimized by domestic violence during some point in her life, each of us probably knows someone who has been affected, whether we know it or not. Knowing that acts of violence - and the ripples that occur after - affects us as individuals and as a community, AADA wanted to take the Healing Hearts Project a step further and invite the entire community to join together and create beautiful, unique, healing hearts. The event will be Tuesday, October 4th, from 4:30-9:00 pm at Box of Bubbles Creative Center, and free and open to the public. Jimmy Descant with cohort artists, who recently returned from showcasing his art at the latest ‘Burning Man’, will be supplying an abundance of art supplies and objects to adorn your heart, as well as providing his artistic energy and expertise. His group of artists, called "The Amalgamated Debris Assemblage Guild" was the high point of excitement and creativity in the piazza of workshops at Burning Man this year. Jimmy and 5 cohorts helped facilitate over 350 works of art, some by participants who had never owned or used a tool before this event. Jimmy says, "As soon as we opened our workshop to the public, we didn't have an empty seat for 4 days and nights. We gave them a blank of wood, hand tools, and freedom to create, while pouring out hardware and raw debris of the parts I have used and saved from collecting and making my sculptures for 10 years in Salida. There are still great leftover parts and hardware from Burning Man and this is another great opportunity for us to facilitate the locals in their desire to express themselves, via teaching simple techniques of attachment to get to that vision, and then folks become aware and confident in their future art endeavors."
A later full show of donated Burner art, pictures, and Jimmy and crew's first experience there will be showcased at The Fritz for November thru December. The wooden hearts that will be available are donated by the Salida High School wood shop. The hearts that are created during this event will be displayed at the Salida Regional Library throughout the month of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.