HONK Fest 2018

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MMA held a ‘Honk’ workshop for families over the long weekend. Families came together to create fun masks, or hats to wear as they paraded down Mass Ave to join the rest of the honk festivities! Take a peek at some of their creations below:

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What is Honk you Ask?

Throughout the country and across the globe, a new type of street band movement is emerging — outrageous and inclusive, brass and brash, percussive and persuasive — reclaiming public space with a sound that is in your face and out of this world. Called everything from “avant-oompah!” to a “brassroots revolution,” these bands draw inspiration from sources as diverse as Klezmer, Balkan and Romani music, Brazilian Samba, Afrobeat and Highlife, Punk, Funk, and Hip Hop, as well as the New Orleans second line tradition, and deliver it with all the passion and spirit of Mardi Gras and Carnival.

Acoustic and mobile, these bands play at street level, usually for free, with no stages to elevate them above the crowd and no sound systems or speaker columns to separate performers from participants. These bands don’t just play for the people; they play among the people and invite them to join the fun. They are active, activist, and deeply engaged in their communities, at times alongside unions and grassroots groups in outright political protest, or in some form of community-building activity, routinely performing and conducting workshops for educational and social service organizations of all kinds.

At full power, these bands create an irresistible spectacle of creative movement and sonic self-expression directed at making the world a better place. This is the movement we call HONK!” To read more about Honk Fest – please check our their website here!

Drawing Together: The Spirit Awards honors Raul the Third

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Raul teaching Drawing Comics in the Chandler Gallery in 2010 while MMA was under construction

In his career thus far, Raul the Third has not only embodied the spirit of Maud Morgan the artist but also that of Maud Morgan Arts. His history here has touched almost all of our programs – from being the first instructor for MMA, to teaching in Agassiz Baldwin’s Afterschool and Outback summer program. As this year’s Spirit Awards honoree, Raul will be recognized not only for his many contributions to our community but to those all over Boston and beyond.

“It is such an honor to be awarded a Spirit Award, and I look forward to continuing to uphold the legacy of Maud and her commitment to introducing youth to the arts,” Gonzalez said.

Outside of his work in our programs, Raul has been exhibited in cities from New York to Los Angeles, has been honored by the Artadia Foundation for Arts and Culture and was voted 2010 Best Visual Artist by Boston Phoenix readers. His talents have even taken him to opportunities like contributing to Spongebob Squarepants comic books and designing posters for bands such as Mates of State and Shepherdess. Of all his accomplishments, though, Gonzalez still holds his work as a teacher near and dear.

RaulGallery2“I love when students feel at home in my classroom to create and speak freely about their passions,” he shared. “I have seen students’ confidence grow when they realize that they are not alone in their interests and that there are others out there just like them whose footsteps they can begin to follow.”

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A panel from Lowriders Blast from the Past, Raul’s forthcoming book with Author Cathy Camper from Chronicle Books, available at the Spirit Awards. Make sure you stop by the Chandler Gallery for an exhibition detailing how this graphic novel was made.

Gonzalez’s values of giving young artists a space to safely grow and explore echoes the very mission of the Spirit Awards’, which is to help MMA increase its impact on the community through scholarships and expanded programming. Our staff and volunteers work tirelessly to create a night that both recognizes artists who have made their mark while looking to the future at those artists who have yet to.

This year’s gala will take place Sunday September 23rd at MMA (20 Sacramento Street, Cambridge). Please join us for an evening of art, live music, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are available ahead of time for $40 or $50 at the door.

Summer Time and the livin’s Easy at MMA

We have been busy over here at MMA! For the past three weeks our summer camps have been in full swing. Our students ages 12-14, join us in the afternoon for two sessions a day of art making!

Rolling into week four’s theme, which is ‘Painting & Ceramics’ below is a peek of what our students have accomplished so far this summer:

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Phantom of Liberty at RISD Museum

Raul Gonzalez III (who is MMA’s 2018 Spirit Award Honoree, 9/23/18 – click here for more information on our event) has been including in an amazing exhibition at the RISD Museum, “The Phantom of Liberty,’ which opened on May 4 and running through December 2018. It is RISD’s largest exhibition of postwar art and design to date.

The Phantom of Liberty: Contemporary Works in the RISD Museum Collection

The Phantom of Liberty presents works by more than 40 artists, designers, and collectives in the RISD Museum collection… These works—representing a range of media, including painting, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings, and photographs—reflect various notions of “freedom” as being elusive or even imaginary ideals in contemporary life. Intersecting and overlapping themes include spirituality and religion, family and domestic spaces, and the ways power and authority shape geography and place. The exhibition also demonstrates the dynamic convergences within the visual arts and different design-based practices, revealing how disciplines have become more interdependent in recent years.

RISD Museum is supported by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and with the generous partnership of the Rhode Island School of Design, its Board of Trustees, and Museum Governors.”

 

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Raul Gonzalez III
American, b. 1976
Watchalo, Papa, Watchalo, 2016
Mixed media on paper
35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 inches)
Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund 2017.12

Freepoint Hotel Demo

There are two weeks left in ‘Freepoint Hotel X Maud Morgan Arts’ exhibition. Last week two of our participating artists, Amy McGregor-Radin and Ponnappa Prakkamul brought their materials to the Freepoint Hotel‘s ‘secret garden’ for a demonstration. A great way to show artists, and non artists just exactly what their practices are.

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Ponnapa who currently is currently participating in a residency in Watertown’s Plumbing Museum. “I call it “Unconventional Drawing Medium”. I use found materials from the scenes or places that I am drawing either as a tool or as drawing medium. The medium for each drawing changes according to the landscape condition of each place. Primary media is soil, river water, and plant material. Currently at the Plumbing Museum, I am exploring the use of different types of rust that oxidizes in varying humidity to draw. The part that I like the most is the process of finding a canvas for them. I usually start simple, using paper first and see how the materials react. Then, I move to fabric, wood, and metal. For rust, I love to see how it slowly reacts to different environmental conditions through time which is very similar to plants.” Read more about her process in this interview published by the The Plumbing Museum here.

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Amy McGrego Radin explained to our audience the origin in which ‘white line’ mono printing became popular, “Devised by Provincetown artists in the early 1900’s, the white line woodcut method involves incising wood with a design, hand-painting each shape on the board, and transferring the color to paper using a traditional printer’s barren or other tool to create pressure. While a given design can be printed many times over each print is done one at a time and is unique.” To see more examples of Amy’s work, please visit her website by clicking here!

Special thanks to Cambridge Community Television for coming out and capturing the event. We’ll keep you posted on where you can find the video!

 

Back Yard Block Party, 2018

You’re invited! Sunday, June 3rd from 12-4pm. Back Yard Block Party at Agassiz Baldwin Community + MMA Yard!

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At 3pm we’ll be celebrating the opening of the newest play structure, “Baldwin Tower,” with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Designed by 2017 Architecture Vacation class. Students got the chance to work with architects and design the structure as a team.

Mid Spring Session @ MMA

The sun has finally decided to come out and we’re half way through our Spring session! With classes moving full steam ahead – projects have started to migrate home. Here’s a glimpse of what’s been going on in our studio:

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Mugs made by one of our independent renters (Masha), using a variety of techniques to hand build – then add decals + interesting glaze!

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 5.33.39 PMSolar prints made in our ‘Printmaking Station” class. Now currently handing in the MMA lobby.

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 5.33.51 PMPaul Hackett teaching our Mobile Making Workshop during our April School Vacation Family workshop.

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And lastly portraits of our model, from an amazing workshop taught by artist Mia Cross (Artists, left to right -Seija Halva, Mia Cross, Emily Shedlock)