A series about how this community-arts collaboration shaped from idea into action now is available! The new page “The Origins of Words & Afterwards,” provides links to these posts published on my direct blog Dey of the Phoenix. (There are separate subscriptions for each blog, though they share a domain name.)

April 9, 2012, with activists Sandra Cade (left) and Ann Francis (right), both members of the Peace Education Center, using Mod Podge on collages. Photo by MDH.

As project coordinator, it’s my hope that these stories deepen Greater Lansing’s understanding about how Words & Afterwardsevolved into a compelling art exhibit. And more back stories are in the works! Please stay tuned for forthcoming additions.

We also have more pictures available! Check out the new Flickr album from our group session that transformed collages into book art. Thanks to Ruth Borgelt of the Peace Education Center for contributing to this documentation.

Also, tomorrow is Thursday, which means that (SCENE) Metrospace begins its gallery hours for the week: Thursdays, 2-5pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 2-6pm; and Sundays, 12-4pm. Groups able to visit outside of normal gallery hours are invited to contact me about an alternate possibility: MelissaHasbrook @gmail.com; 517.897.5833.

Thanks to everyone who joined the opening for the exhibition Words & Afterwards! And also to those who sent us well wishes in your absence.

Photo by Tom Schouten

Check out the night’s celebration from Flickr albums with the Peace Education Center, photos by co-chair Tom Rico; and with Dey of the Phoenix, photos by Tom Schouten who also programmed my multimedia installation Eyes Wide Open. A special thanks to the jam band Headz for performing all night!

The exhibition stands through June 24, so we continue to spread the word about this fantastic community-arts collaboration! (SCENE) Metrospace‘s gallery hours are Thursdays 2:00pm to 5:00pm; Fridays and Saturdays 2:00pm to 6:00pm; and Sundays 12:00pm to 4:00pm. (SCENE) puts on wonderful programs as well, mostly evenings, which gives another opportunity to take in the exhibit.

Groups interested in visits outside of gallery hours may contact myself by email at MelissaHasbrook[at]gmail.com or phone (517) 897-5833. Schools, organizations, worship communities, and others are welcome to inquire! Hopefully, the art work inspires guests to explore collage and the theme of moving from violence to healing when they return to daily life.