See and Make Art with Girls, Inc.
The Richmond Art Center’s ongoing See and Make Art Free Family Workshops were started in 2014 to broaden our arts offerings and include our community in new experiences around the making of art. Centered at the main branch of the Richmond Library, each workshop starts with a story, continues with an art-making project, and then finishes with a guided tour of the galleries at the Art Center.
Our August class marked a special new partnership experience with the local Richmond-based nonprofit, Girls Incorporated of West Contra Costa County. Their goal: to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold, provides school and community based programming that serves the unique needs of girls, ages 5-18, living in West Contra Costa County.
Crystal Banagan, Associate Director of this local branch of Girls Inc., partnered with our Art in the Community and Studio Education teams to put on the August Bookmaker Faire event.
The class was led by the Art Center’s teaching artist Dawn Gonzales
and our Studio Education Coordinator Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo
. “It was such a success and by far one of my favorite teaching experiences,” said Gonzales. “I was happy to see children and adults of all ages making lots of books and I hope that they will continue to teach others what they learned.”
Participating families worked together, making keepsake books with Turkish map folded papers inside. The class decorated their handmade books, read a story about sharing family stories, and had an all around great time making and enjoying time with the people we hold dear. Everyone who joined the class got a brand new book to take home.
“I was so happy to plan and watch this partnership come to fruition, with so much success,” said Branfman-Verissimo. “The See & Make Art Free Family Workshops were started to broaden and include our community in new experiences around the making of art centered at the library and this partnership did just that and more. It was really great to bring Girls Inc into the library and shine a light on their hard work side by side learning how to make our own handmade books to tell our stories.”
We look forward to more creative partnerships with our neighboring community partners. To learn more about our See and Make Art Workshops, contact our Studio Education office at firstname.lastname@example.org
. (The class is offered on the last Saturday of each month and is free to families and children. Be sure to check out our Events calendar
for upcoming workshops and other free events.)