Mother's and Children Learn new ways to relate. Below is pictured mother top hand and 2 year old child left side as they draw to music during a Drawing-from-Music workshop!
Anthe Captian-Valais visited the Laurel House and this is what she had to say. “I went to teach Drawing-from-Music.
On my first visit to the facility I was not sure what to expect. I knew that the women were there for all different reasons, some were escaping violent situations at home, others due to homelessness and other reasons. I was thinking that bringing therapeutic art sessions through drawing to them would be good thing because it would take them away from their situation during through the creative process in a positive way. That being said I never anticipated what happened when the children showed up with their mothers.
Safety in these facilities, along with providing clothing and shelter are paramount. It was a small intimate setting in the kitchen where I would conduct the workshops.
The room had four 4 ft tables. Two were intersecting the walls and two were adjacent to the walls. One of the mothers walked in with a 2 year old little girl. She was so cute, lets call her “Dolly”. I thought to myself oh my, how am I going to engage a two year old for two hours, which is the general length of these workshops.
Well we took Dolly, the mom and I, and put her in a high chair with paper and watercolor markers. The mom sat down right next to her youngster and as the music played they drew right next to one another. Mom is shown upper and Dolly on the left. Much to my amazement Dolly was happy and content the entire 2 hour session. The only time we heard a peep out of her other than cooing was when we took the drawing materials away. The tenderness in which the mothers and children interacted to create the drawings was a bit of an atonishment.
I instructed the mothers on how to work with the children in their rooms. The mothers and their children could escape from any stress they had simple by coloring. Creating their own coloring books would be a positive tool for them to have in their parenting arsenal.
When I went there I had drawing paper in ample supply to leave with them but it did not dawn on me at the time that they wouldn’t have any supplies to call their own. Many of the women leave with the clothes on their back as well as the children so going to the dollar store or anywhere else for drawing materials was not going to happen. All future workshops materials will be left for them to have.
We are making sure through generosity of funders at our fundraisers and through our online donations.
Upon soliciting several locations for financial support one common theme resonated: there is little, if any, funds available for the arts. The AnA Project board met and decided that it was their responsibility to raise the funds needed to supply talent and instructors needed to bring art performances and workshops to people of all ages from all walks of life.
One of the goals of The AnA Project is to team up talented individuals with facilities within a 3-5 mile radius of where they work or live so they can conduct art workshops or performances in order to spread joy. The idea is that these artists will make an impact within their community while building lasting relationships.
The AnA Project recently visited Bethlehem Village residents in Flourtown, Pa. Anthe, artist and executive director, went beforehand to introduce the concept of The AnA Project to the residents. At the actual workshop, Anthe was joined by Venus Dance Co. 2 and Carrie Brzezenski. They performed several of their award winning dances at the senior residence.
Later that week, Anthe and Carrie returned and Anthe facilitated a Drawing-from-Music and then a Drawing-from-Dance workshop. Carrie danced and was the moving model as Anthe instructed on how to draw the music and the movement of the dancing model. The residents enjoyed themselves.
A return workshop was scheduled and during this third visit the residents took their drawings from music and dance and created greeting cards. During this workshop one of the residents wrote a haiku and gave it to Anthe. The haiku is now used to define the joy of participating in these workshops.
Currently, The AnA Project is coordinating the bussing of youngsters to sing for seniors, planning on spreading joy through workshops and performances as they visit several senior living communities, nursing homes, retirement and art centers for the upcoming year, along with providing workshops for Face to Face’s children’s summer camp, Laurel House and other locations within our community.
If you are interested in our project and bringing it to a residence community center or nursing home within our community, please contact us. The AnA Project is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit. To contact us email or call us at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anthe at 215-233-3916.
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A Great BIG thank you! Historic Bethlehem Pike Give Back Program 's - The Shop for a Cause Event was a great success.
Scarlet Begonias, Barbara B's Jewels, Halligan's Pub, Dan Helwig Realtors, Judy Weisman and all who came out to support us along with all those that gave donations!
We raised $1428.00 towards our goal!!! August was a great month...This will provide workshops and performances to many people.
Thanksgiving is a time of reflection and gratitude, and we are thankful for so much.
We completed our first year of the AnA project in the spring. Thanks to your support we were able to touch many lives with the concept of drawing from movement through workshops and performances.
Carrie S. Brzezinski has generously donated her dance studio for the first year and continues to support us in this manner into the future.
Moving forward we are excited to announce the official partnering of Venus Dance Company 1&2 with the AnA Project.
Anthe, as director and primary artist of the AnA Project, working with Carrie, director of Venus Dance co., choreographer and dancer, collaborated their differing art forms creating an amazing show at Temple University on November 7th and November 8th. Three astounding performances consisting of over thirteen art pieces by Anthe were utilized as backdrops and live motion of Drawing- from-Dance. The Drawing-from-Dance and backdrops occurred during the dance performances by Carrie and Venus Dance Company 1 and 2.
This is the first of many theatrical experiences where the works created by visual artists will be integrated into the dance as part of the performance. This brings the performance aspect of the AnA Project merging mind and body into one dynamic work of art a realization.
In the upcoming year Anthe and Carrie will be working to provide drawing from dance workshops to Carson Valley Children Aid [orphanage], Bethlehem Senior Living, and other venues that are currently in the works.
Thanks again for all your support and have a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving.
Artist & Director of the AnA Project
It’s been a whirl wind couple of months.
In October we had a preview opening at Scarlet Begonias in Flourtown to introduce The AnA Project and promote our upcoming events. A few weeks later we presented The AnA Project through POST, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. Anthe had a retrospective of work on display . Starting with her journey's throughout France, Greece, Maine, the Southwestern states, and Canada where she began her current work on movement. Joining her in her pop-up studio for POST was Amy Margaret Unks, the principle dancer for the AnA Project.
Amy Margaret and Anthe, artist and instructor gave their first performance. Amy danced on the hour while Anthe drew her movements. Anthe’s drawings were projected and unfolded as they occurred before the audiences eyes. Amy and Anthe were accompanied by live music of Angelo Reid on percussion.
The works created during this live performance have been made into digital collages which were later auctioned off during the first Annual Silent Auction and Exhibition in November.
Joe Borelli and Suzanne Sheeder of Chestnut Hill Gallery graciously provided the space for our first Annual Silent Auction and Exhibition. We had a wonderful turnout. Lots of items were generously donated, bid upon and taken home. (Full List of Donors Click Here) It was a joyous occasion with great food, drink, and live music.
We were fortunate enough to have Cheri France of the Pennsylvania Flute Choir, who played classical and jazz music. Later in the evening Kitty Kelly and Mike Albrecht played Irish tunes on the guitar and violin. During the evening’s activities a live auction ensued. Several artworks by Anthe were actively sought, bid in and have found new homes. One such item is the “ Three Graces –trio” which was a digital collage made from the live performance during POST two weeks before. This piece is pictured to the right above. The piece pictured to the left is titled " Pretty in Pink. It too was created during POST. Both can be purchased in 8 x 10" 8.5 x 11" sizes for $35 & $45 unframed.
We want to thank those who came out and supported us as well as those who worked tirelessly to make it happen! This was our first annual " Night at the Ballet" Silent Auction and Exhibition.
Guest Toe Shoe Sculpture Artists; Hilarie Hawley, eLisabetta DiMauro, Jess Gamble and Anthe
Local merchant donors; Tickets to Dance Celebration at the Annenberg Center, Arnica & Ivy Day Spa, Barbara B's Jewels, Bredenbeck’s Bakery, Botanical Expressions, Campbell’s, Calvin Klein for Men, Chestnut Hill Gallery, CinCin Restaurant, Scarlet Begonias, Poetry of Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno of Musehouse Center for Literary Arts, Intimacy Lingerie- King of Prussia, , Pulse Dance Studio, Hair Styling by Salon Salon with hair stylists; Sandy Muller or Dianna Rambo, Make-up by Kristen Griet, Stage Step Flooring, Walgreens, Zake’s Cakes, Namaste Yoga, Gucci Fragrances, and others who generously donated their time and treasures to our silent auction.
On this day Amy Margaret Unks and Anthe will be sharing their talents with the residents of the Philadelphia Nursing Home. As Amy dances Anthe will be teaching the residents how to draw from Amy's movements. Amy will be dancing on a stage in front of them at a level which will make it easy to see the movements.
This should be a fun and exciting event, that lifts spirits, while stimulating creativity.