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.

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.

Thanks to Assistant Professor Amy Drees of Defiance College (Ohio) and her students for designing the poster for the exhibit “Words & Afterwards: Moving from Violence to Healing”! Stay tuned for opening night details, Apr. 27, 6:00-9:00pm, at (SCENE) Metrospace.