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Megan Green brings more than a decade of creative entrepreneurship into her role at CMA as the Manager of Studio of Initiatives. She’s shared her passion for supporting artists through her direction at Craftin’ Outlaws and Midwest Craft Con.

Green Thumbs #MyCMAStudio Challenge

What items grow in your garden, be it a real or an imaginary harvest? 

Imagine yourself in the middle of a garden? What supplies do you need to start your crops? 

What plants would you grow? Will  your garden be edible? 

Could you combine two plants together to form a new species?

Dig into the possibilities and create your own bounty by using supplies and materials you have at your disposal for this week’s #myCMAStudio Challenge.

#myCMAstudio is a digital version of our drop-in program, Open Studio. Which is currently unavailable to the public due to Covid-19, and part of CMA’s JPMorgan Chase Center for Creativity Studio to explore ideas, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends and family. 

Find a CMA Studio Challenge that speaks to you and thanks to everyone who has participated. Share your creations on social media by tagging #myCMAstudio. 

Want to make it even easier to get creative? Pick up a Studio in a Box with all the supplies and materials needed to aid you in our weekly challenges or allow our CMA educators to guide kids Pre-K – 8th grade in an online Weekly Studio Meet-up

-Megan Green brings more than a decade of creative entrepreneurship into her role at CMA as the Manager of Studio of Initiatives. She’s shared her passion for supporting artists through her direction at Craftin’ Outlaws and Midwest Craft Con.

 

 

Crafting a Voice  #MyCMAStudio Challenge

With the importance of 2020 as a presidential election year, and in the face of new changes and challenges this year has brought to the world, it is important to find ways to craft your voice no matter how old you are. 

This weeks #myCMAStudio challenge we will stitch together the history of voting with tips to help the creation of pennants and/or banners. Sometimes you have to unravel the stories from the past to make something beautiful today. 

What We Are Making: To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, we are going to learn how pennants/ banners can help us express ourselves. Let’s make banners and/or pennants that make us feel ready to take on the day! You’ll learn the importance of contrasting colors, tips to help make cutting out letters easier, and ways to think through what story your heart wants to tell that day. There will also be an introduction to the basics of sewing and layout design. Your banner can be something that makes you smile (self love is a radical act!), champions a cause that matters to you, or something else entirely. It is entirely up to you to decide what direction this craft goes. 

A Bit of History: Sewing has been a way for people to tell stories, to raise awareness for things that matter to them, and to express themselves for hundreds of years! Banners and pennants became a popular form of expression in the late 1800s. They were used for political campaigns of all sorts, but most notably as a part of the suffrage movement. It is hard to believe there was a time when women could not vote.  In 1920, women gained the right to vote with the passage of the 19th amendment. In America, it has barely been 50-years since all people had the right to vote. Voting rights advocates from the 1800s through the 1900s creatively fused artistic expression with the marketing of causes they believe in. For example, suffragists used specific colors to tell stories and to create strong visuals. 

Purple – Purple has been a color to signify royalty (click here for that bit of textile history), and suffragists used it to imply they were worthy of having a political opinion. 

Green-Spring is tied to hope and rebirth; the suffragists’ use of green stood for their ability to be hopeful even during a difficult fight for equality and potential for political systems to be reborn. 

White- The absence of color stands for purity both in private and public life. 

Yellow/Gold- Kansas sunflowers inspired suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony to incorporate yellow and gold into the women’s movement. The use of yellow would go on to inspire “The Yellow Ribbon,” a song that was performed in 1876 during U.S. Centennial celebrations (lyrics for this song and other suffrage tunes can be found here). Yellow would continue to have significance in the movement. Tennessee suffragists wore yellow roses, and people opposed to women’s right to vote wore red roses. Suffragists were triumphant in their battle of the roses, and Tennessee became the final vote needed to ratify the 19th amendment. 

Supplies: 

Fabric (2-3 colors recommended, felt is suggested by not necessary – feel free to use scraps)
Needle
Thread
Scissors 
Glue
Scratch paper if you want to sketch out ideas or make your own stencils
Don’t feel like sewing? You can use a fabric glue or create with paper!

To Learn More: 

Free to Use images from the Library of Congress.

For voting equality timelines and interesting images visit the National Women’s History Museum website. 

Fast facts on suffrage for youth or adults + discussion prompts for family.  

The National Parks Service has free activities, coloring pages, and information for younger children. 

Free coloring pages on Better Days 2020. 

Visit a historic site that is tied to women’s history. National Votes for Women Trail has a wonderful assortment of sites across the country on this interactive map. 

Find a CMA Studio Challenge that speaks to you and thanks to everyone who has participated. Share your creations on social media by tagging #myCMAstudio. 

With 10+ years of experience working in the cultural resources field, Sarah Marsom has developed a keen understanding of storytelling and connecting people to the past. She’s crafted hands-on workshops, tours, successfully pursued historic designations, and executed speciality research projects.

#myCMAstudio is a digital version of our drop-in program, Open Studio. Which is currently unavailable to the public due to Covid-19, and part of CMA’s JPMorgan Chase Center for Creativity Studio to explore ideas, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends and family. Pick up a Studio in a Box with all the supplies and materials needed to aid you in our weekly challenges or allow our CMA educators to guide kids Pre-K – 8th grade in an online Weekly Studio Meet-up.

Character Evolution #myCMAStudio Challenge

“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.” —Booker T. Washington

Take a moment to learn a little about the accomplishments of the educator Booker T Washington and the artist Martin Puryear. 

Create a character evolution collage of your own that illustrates the steps you’ve taken in your life to get where you are today.  What are you proud of in your life?  What things would you like to do as you get older?  Use magazines, patterned paper, or old paperwork to help tell your story.  Feel free to include the names, dates, events, and actions, or your ladder can be abstract, with symbols that represent the obstacles you have overcome. 

Describe the ladder that Puryear created for Washington. 

How wide? How long? What type of lines? 

How has the artist made us think that the ladder is longer than it really is? 

How is this ladder different from most ladders? 

Why would this ladder be difficult to climb? 

Think of some words or activities that come to mind when you think of ladders. Ladders can be symbolic. For example, ladders support phrases like “climb to success” and “getting to the top.” Speculate about how a ladder could be a metaphor for someone’s climb to success. 

Find a CMA Studio Challenge that speaks to you and thanks to everyone who has participated. Share your creations on social media by tagging #myCMAstudio. 

Sometimes, when I feel like I am beginning to unravel, I think about my own accomplishments, and what kind of steps I took to get where I am today.  This helps me get focused on the future. Thumbnail sketches of my paintings over the years provided the steps for my ladder. Created by artist, and Whitehall-Yearling High School art teacher, Mindy Staley.

#myCMAstudio is a digital version of our drop-in program, Open Studio. Which is currently unavailable to the public due to Covid-19, and part of CMA’s JPMorgan Chase Center for Creativity Studio to explore ideas, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends and family. Pick up a Studio in a Box with all the supplies and materials needed to aid you in our weekly challenges or allow our CMA educators to guide kids Pre-K – 8th grade in an online Weekly Studio Meet-up

 

Studio in a Box

Need an idea at home to keep children of all ages engaged?

CMA has packed up all the materials you need to stay engaged with creativity all in one package.

Studio in a Box offers all the basics to keep you creating and making with supplies shipped right to your home. Need a dose of inspiration? Check out our #myCMAstudio challenges for a weekly dose of creativity or use the materials with kids as part of our Weekly Studio Meet-Up. Your support of Studio in a Box helps sustain additional virtual CMA programming.

Your Studio in a Box will include: a blank journal, watercolors, crayons, sharpie marker, glue stick, cardstock, pencil and sharpener with assorted postcards, stickers and lots of extra arts and craft supplies.

Tag your Studio in a Box creations at #myCMAstudio on your favorite social media.

Studio in a Box

–Megan Green brings more than a decade of creative entrepreneurship into her role at CMA as the Manager of Studio of Initiatives. She’s shared her passion for supporting artists through her direction at Craftin’ Outlaws and Midwest Craft Con.

Open Studio is a drop-in program hosted on Saturdays and part of CMA’s JPMorgan Chase Center for Creativity Studio to explore ideas, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends and family. We look forward to inviting you back to Open Studio and other CMA experiences when in-person events resume.

Silhouettes  #MyCMAStudio Challenge

MyCMAStudio Silhouettes

We are exploring an updated version of paper silhouettes this week in our CMA Studio Challenge. 

Most likely you created a traditional outline of your facial profile which was traced against a dark piece of paper. You would then cut out the silhouette and then glue it to a contrasting background. 

For this challenge we encourage you to think outside the box on how you can enhance your silhouette.  Are there creative elements you can add that would speak to your individuality? Can you create a three-dimensional profile? What would a digital silhouette using your phone’s camera look like? What features do you notice first when completed? Do you view yourself differently? Does your silhouette represent your identity?

We encourage you to use materials and mediums that speak to you, be it sketching, collage, painting or photography. Get scrappy with items you can find in your home recycling bin or junk drawers. Share your creations on social media by tagging #myCMAstudio.  

Stay creative and look for more creative challenges online using #myCMAatHome.

Find a CMA Studio Challenge that speaks to you and thanks to everyone who has participated. 

-Megan Green brings more than a decade of creative entrepreneurship into her role at CMA as the Manager of Studio of Initiatives. She’s shared her passion for supporting artists through her direction at Craftin’ Outlaws and Midwest Craft Con.

Open Studio is a drop-in program hosted on Saturdays and part of CMA’s JPMorgan Chase Center for Creativity Studio to explore ideas, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends and family. We look forward to inviting you back to Open Studio and other CMA experiences when we reopen to the public.

 

Togetherness  #MyCMAStudio Challenge

Museum Week is a celebration of cultural organizations around the world and today’s theme of Togetherness is one we are excited to embrace. 

Since the closing of our physical doors, we knew the value of creating experiences together as a community and went to work with #myCMAStudio challenges, a virtual adaption of our Open Studio and Thinking Workshops. 

Our monthly themes are meant to inspire thinking and making and are not rules for how to do anything. The projects you create depend upon what you have in your home, in your recycling bins, and in your brain to adapt the making according to your own ideas and materials!

With a little over a month and a half of challenges under our belt, we wanted to share the creations received from followers, staff and the creative community of CMA. 

We will get through this together!

Find a CMA Studio Challenge that speaks to you and thanks to everyone who has participated.