Youth Arts Arise- Mosaic Primer

The Youth Arts Arise program at the Somerville Armory is back for a second year of free arts classes for local teens.  And once again, I was able to teach a short session… Continue reading

Creative Snowflakes and Even More Creative Clothes

I am working with a very special class at the East Somerville Community School. With materials from the Beautiful Stuff Project I’m helping the class to make projects that they can hang from… Continue reading

Rangoli at drop-in craft time

To celebrate the Indian holiday of Diwali and to prepare for an upcoming Multicultural Festival at the Council on Aging, a small group of council members worked together during drop-in craft time to… Continue reading

Garden Pavers with the Argenziano Art Club

The wonderful art teacher at the Argenziano School agreed to have her art club make floral mosaics to decorate pavers that will divide the beds in the school garden.  She used PTA funds… Continue reading

Sharing Ownership and Sharing Power- who claims credit for collaborative community art?

Many years ago as a youth worker running health programs with teens, I was shown a chart that showed the balance of power between youth and adults as young people take on more… Continue reading

Alewife pins at Canoemobile

Does that title make any sense?  An organization called Wilderness Inquiry organizes events across the country that they call “Canoemobile” to introduce youth to their waterways and to help them learn about ecology. … Continue reading

Data Veggies

Once again Connection Lab helped to bring food security data to the Ignite festival of food and fire by laser-cutting information into vegetables.  Take a look at some of the beautiful examples created… Continue reading

Garden pavers are in place!

Just in time for the school year, the garden bed numbers are in place at the East Somerville Community School garden.  After a few sessions of finishing and grouting them, Groundwork Somerville’s Green… Continue reading

Beaded Bookmarks and Frames

Who doesn’t love sifting through boxes and boxes of beads and buttons?  We had the pleasure of doing just that at the Council on Aging the other day.  Practicing English, meeting neighbors and… Continue reading

Progress on mosaic paver project

After a few more mosaic sessions with about 70 youth participating, the mosaic garden bed numbers are coming along beautifully.  We’re creating variations on a theme, with each number placed inside a circle,… Continue reading