Who are we when it matters most?
Some people find it easier, when there is opportunity..... to fall into the background, be silent, be complacent or go with the flow. An endless cycle of how we hurt each other.
Many of us are placed behind the reflections of who others believe we are.
That isn't always in best light, nor the light we belong in.
Knowing ourselves has the greatest impact on our souls and those who interact with us.
I have been called many things simply because of who I am. I've been judged because of what gender I am, what I look like, what my socioeconomic background is, what race I am and what languages I speak. I've been treated this way because of the reflection people believed they saw of me. I know this is the story of many. These types of judgements are actually what intertwines us all.
The hurt I felt behind those interactions have made me want to be a better person for the people I encounter. I am not perfect, but I am a good person who is trying to be my best self everyday. My actions are for the future of all of our children and the world they will live in.
In our very first community art project, we explore Identity. How we feel others see us... either by their words or actions and what we want them to see in us. As we move through this workshop and art project, we will be able to open empathetic channels and a higher understanding within our community. We will begin the process of "seeing" one another as we show who "we" really are. At the end of this journey we will have created a beautiful collaborative piece that everyone will have contributed to as a whole to later be displayed. One single project cannot resolve all of our differences, but it is meant to shed light on and start the mending needed for ourselves and our community.
Some people find it easier when there is opportunity..... to fall into the background, be silent, be complacent or go with the flow. An endless cycle of how we quietly hurt each other.
I hope that we will choose to be better listeners, educators and supporters who will empower ourselves and others to speak truth.
Allow us to correct the reflections we see that aren't there.
Event will be held June 5th from 10-1 at the Common Street Spiritual Center in Natick. All are welcome. https://fb.me/e/7Uy2b3Uzn
Artwork on this blog can be seen in person at Eli’s located in Natick town Center.
For future art events follow the AIR of Natick page https://www.facebook.com/AIR4Natick/
and Natick Center Cultural District https://www.facebook.com/NatickCenterCulturalDistrict/
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