With dominating narratives of hate, division, and exclusion, we are left with a dire need to process, heal, and create just and loving communities of faith. This workshop will examine how making art can be a vehicle for transforming conflict, healing and positive peace in our personal journeys as well as in our communities. We will work together to inspire a culture that values creativity as an act of worship, beauty that reflects the image of God, and action that connects us to God and to the other.
I create to transform conflict and communities, both through my personal work and through facilitating collaborative art-making processes. Art-making can be a deeply cathartic process as well as a language for social change. I am inspired by things that make me pause and that move my spirit. Working mostly in acrylic, watercolor and graphite mediums, I reflect on this cognitive and spiritual process of finding meaning, and I attempt to represent this struggle in my work. I make art to challenge and connect with myself, to challenge and connect with the viewer, to wrestle with issues that hurt and divide us, and to envision something better. Understanding the transformative nature of art, I have come to see art making as peace making.
Joann is the wife to Joseph, best friend to their beautiful children, Asher and Ember; and walking companion to their dog, Leigh.
July 13, AM1, AM2, AM3, AM4