More thanks goes out to REACH Studio Art Center, artist Jen Loforese, and Ruth Borgelt of the Peace Education Center for documenting the Words & Afterwards workshops at REACH’s Teen Open Studio! The images are collected on Flickr through this album. The sessions took place March 1 and 8, with 18 teens, volunteers, and staff. Jen Loforese and I co-led the workshops, which were collectively designed by us alongside artist Gail Trapp-Bohner.

Photo by Jen Loforese

Photo from REACH Studio Art Center

Thanks to the contributions of Karen Hooker and Judith Morrigan, February workshops were documented! Check out participants creating collages with the direction of artists Gail Trapp-Bohner and myself. The online album is available on Flickr.

Photo by Karen Hooker

Photo by Judith Morrigan

Thanks to Britteny Dee of the State News for the multimedia story “Using words as expression” (February 20, 2012) and the print story “Workshop explores violence and healing” (February 21, 2012) about February workshops. These public sessions were led by visual artist Gail Bohner and myself, poet Melissa Dey Hasbrook, at the Art Studio of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) at Michigan State University.

Photo by Karen Hooker

The venue for the February sessions was donated by project partner RCAH Center for Poetry. Some supplies for all the workshops, including March sessions at REACH Studio Art Center with its teen program, are provided by the Peace Education Center (PEC). The PEC received a Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs minigrant for this project, from which funds support participating Michigan artists and are distributed by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.

Additional donations for the workshops have been provided by local businesses and residents:  Everybody Reads Bookstore, Framer’s Edge, Julie Heath-Roy, Joann Neuroth, and Rebecca Payne. Thanks to these contributors, Words and Afterwards is reaching more of Greater Lansing! Individuals and groups are welcome to join this community-arts collaboration. Interest and inquiries may be directed to me by email, MelissaHasbrook[at], or phone, 517.897.5833.

Words and Afterwards is a community-arts collaboration of Greater Lansing taking place from February to June 2012. Learn more about the project on this page.

During February, free collage workshops available to the public are being offered at the Art Studio of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) at Michigan State University, thanks to the contribution of project partner the RCAH Center for Poetry. Due to limited space, advance registration is encouraged.