Words & Afterwards is reaching its culmination! On Friday, April 27, the exhibition for the project opens from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at (SCENE) Metrospace of East Lansing, Michigan, located at 110 Charles Street. Visit our Facebook event listing! Musical guests include the jam band Headz and harpist Melissa Osborn, who is co-chair of the Peace Education Center. Recognition of grant partners and project contributors will take place around 7:00pm.


Prepping collages into book art. Photo by Melissa Dey Hasbrook.

For background, Words & Afterwards began last spring as a vision. And over the year, partners established a robust community collaboration. More than 40 workshop participants created collages, which featured artists have transformed into book art. After the exhibition, the book art will be gifted to the Peace Education Center, the Sexual Assault Program of Michigan State University, and the MSU Women’s Council.



The project has reach, and it’s been amazing to see it unfold from start to finish! A glimpse of the exhibition’s art work is available in this poster: “Spectrum” by featured artist Jen Loforese (top), “Angel at La Romita, Earth Memories V” by featured artist Gail Trapp-Bohner (center),¬†and a collage by workshop participant Heather Paris (bottom). Also featured in the exhibition are artists Kathryn Darnell and myself.


And in anticipation of the opening, tune into the program Lansing Online News Radio on Monday, April 23, around 7:30pm EST. I will be interviewed by co-hosts Bonnie Bucqueroux and Bill Castanier, which is broadcast on Lansing Community College Radio, WLNZ 89.7FM. Stream the station here: http://www.lcc.edu/radio/onair/!

Updated April 25, 2012.