Quick pick: ‘Claiming Face’ at Fresno State

Here’s a chance to spend part of a day with a noted illustrator, author, progressive educator, activist and publisher. Maya Christina Gonzalez is the second winner of the artist-in-residence fellowship prize given by the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Fresno State. As part of her week-long residency at the university, Gonzalez is offering a workshop using self-portraiture titled “Voice is a Revolution: Personal Healing to Change the Larger Narrative.” It is free and open to the public.

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The workshop is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, in Room 140 of the Kremen Education Building. Lunch is provided. A description:

Participants are asked to bring a photo of themselves. This begins the journey. Using exercises from her “Claiming Face” curriculum, Gonzalez leads people through beautiful portraits to personal stories and finally toward larger healing narratives as the day’s workshop progresses. No creative experience or proclivity necessary, only the call to attend and claim your voice.

I like the the three rules of “Claiming Face”:

• Everyone is an Artist.
• There is Never a Right or Wrong Way to Make Art.
• Art is Always an Act of Courage.

Sounds like an intriguing way to view the world.

Events are sponsored by the Arne Nixon Center, the Henry Madden Library, the Cross Cultural and Gender Center, and the Center for Creativity and the Arts.

Reservations are required; as of Wednesday afternoon, there were still some slots available. More information is here.


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Author: Donald Munro

Covering the arts in the central San Joaquin Valley and beyond.

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